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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 07-03-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Does front axle have a join that allows outer boot swap without pulling out axle?

I need to replace my driver side front outer CV boot.



At 0:19 of this video it looks like once
1) the hub is removed
2) the old outer boot is cut away

that a tap on the CV Joint housing will uncouple a join at the CV Joint.

If that's the case, the small end of the CV boot can be slipped on and after the cleaning of the CV Joint (in the video) that the section can be snapped back in and the boot can be packed and clamped.

The advantage is that the inner boot would not be disturbed. Also, it looks like it would not be necessary to remove the axle end from the differential.

Has anyone tried the outer CV boot replacement using the technique?
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