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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 11-22-2011, 05:45 PM   #1
touringIsBetter
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Should new front cv axles be binding/tight ?

Just received my order of GKN Loebro left and right front cv axles. The right axle is buttery smooth when you manipulate the joints by hand. The left is really stiff, hard to move and in my opinion binding.

Is this normal for new axles or should they all be buttery smooth. Help!
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:47 AM   #2
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my remanufactured axle had a stiff-feeling outer joint and relatively smooth inner joint. The outer joint should move but may take some force.
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