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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 11-05-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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How to Access PS Banjo Bolts on xi??

I am changing out PS hoses using Starless's DIY Tech from Bimmerfest.

Compared to RWD, on an xi, access to the two (2) banjo bolts on the rack are different. Without the xi subframe, it is easy to access the bolts. However, I am having a difficult time getting the correct assortment of sockets and/or the proper approach.

Is there a trick to reaching these two bolts on our awd cars?

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Old 11-08-2011, 09:50 AM   #2
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I used an open end wrench I believe, it was long ago but I do remember it was an awkward area to get at.
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:04 AM   #3
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Thanks Whitexi... I spoke with any Indy who said there is no 'trick' or special tool. Use whatever is in your toolbox. He suggested a socket and universal with a long extension, but I think your idea of an open ended stubby wrench will be the ticket.

The bolts are just tight enough to seat the crush washers. I think the torque spec is like 30 ftlbs.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:57 AM   #4
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Its awkward...just plan awkward. No special tricks...just a lot of twisting and contortions to make it all work. Hard part was keeping the inner washer on the bolt as you search for the threads to mate it into. Good luck.
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:28 PM   #5
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I had to replace my High pressure lines a couple weeks back and this bolt was by far the most painful bolt to take off. I used an extension with a socket and slowly but surely turned the bolt half a cm 45 times until it came off.
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