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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 03-12-2014, 02:21 PM   #21
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Excellent info, tonight i'm going to try to tilt the engine up as little as possible and start working on the top bell housing bolts. I'll report back with success or disaster. If I ever have to do this again I think it will go about 5 times as fast.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:19 AM   #22
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Well tonight was extremely frustrating. I loosened the passenger side motor mount, I could not get at the drivers side. I'll have to take a look at some diy's for that. I was able to lift the motor much higher higher than before. But here is where my frustration comes from. I didn't look at all the possible brittle plastic parts. The large canister on the passenger side has 3 mounts which were snapped. I don't know if I bought the car that way or if I did it. I'm pretty sure it was me. I removed the hvac cover so at least that didn't break. I also found that the ps rubber lines and motor mounts are in extremely bad shape.

Back to.the clutch job. I broke the very top bell housing bolt loose which looks like it was probably the hardest to get to. I also broke the largest 9 o clock bolt which was a knuckle buster for sure.

Tonight was progress but not as much or.as.easy as I would have liked.

Tomorrow will be better. I should be able.to get to the rest of the top bolts.

Sorry for this post it was sent from a cell phone.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:20 AM   #23
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This job is one I'd definitely pay someone to do. Kudos to you for tackling it.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:49 AM   #24
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Posting this as a placeholder


(remember)
Re torque to spec passenger side engine mount top nut
check on 2ndry air pump prior to starting car
power steering lines needs to be replaced
bolts 2 and 8/9 are loose already


My plan tonight:

Break nothing
Loosen 11, 1, 3 If I can get to these then the rest will take 10 minutes and I can possibly start breaking the trans free tonight and rotate counter clockwise to remove.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:32 PM   #25
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This job is one I'd definitely pay someone to do. Kudos to you for tackling it.
+1.

Starter, clutch, and front diff are tough jobs on the xi.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:53 PM   #26
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Clutch came in with pilot bearing, throw-out, plate, clutch disk, alignment tool.

I ordered some other parts, this is not the definitive list, its just what I ordered on this round from parts geek, other items I want to replace I will source from another vendor.

As far as the screw I know what your talking about. My drive is to fat to get in there. I'll try to remove it with a small screw driver or something since it shouldn't be under heavy stress.

Parts Ordered
2001 BMW 325xi Clutch Release Arm Clutch Price: $23.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: W0133-1627623

2001 BMW 325xi Clutch Slave Cylinder Clutch Price: $30.35 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: CS650023

2001 BMW 325xi Release Arm Spring Clutch Price: $6.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: W0133-1795785

2001 BMW 325xi Crank Seal Cover Gasket Engine Mechanical Price: $2.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: W0133-1642571

2001 BMW 325xi Release Bearing Guide Clutch Price: $30.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: W0133-1967987

2001 BMW 325xi Clutch Pivot Pin Clutch Price: $2.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: W0133-1642593

2001 BMW 325xi Crankshaft Seal Engine Mechanical Price: $13.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: W0133-1632179

2001 BMW 325xi Shift Lever Bushing Transmission Price: $8.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: W0133-1638677

2001 BMW 325xi ST Shift Bushing Transmission Price: $26.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: W0133-1662278

2001 BMW 325xi Selector Rod Washer Transmission Price: $3.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: W0133-1661862

2001 BMW 325xi Selector Rod Washer Transmission Price: $1.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 4 Part #: W0133-1644294

2001 BMW 325xi Input Shaft Seal Transmission Price: $24.98 Core: $0.00 Extended Warranty: $0.00 Qty: 1 Part #: W0133-1788196




Sub Total: $185.07
Shipping: $20.40
Handling: $0.00
Tax: $0.00
Core: $0.00
Extended Warranty: $0.00
Total: $205.47
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:27 PM   #27
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Only worked on the black box of death for about 45 with a much clearer head and much better attitude tonight then last. I had both motor mounts and the front radiator screw undone in minutes. I was able to jack up the motor higher than usual. The motor and Tran shifted to the passenger side so in was able to get to all the top left and left side bolts easily. I on my have 2 top bolts left. I'm leaving the right most e16 bolt in for that feeling of safety until I'm ready to do a separation attempt.

I have on call work tonight so no more fun for now.

I need to look up info on disconnecting the shifter support arm from the top of the trans or how to take out the ball cup bushing and shifter.

After reading many bad thing about secondary air pump mounts I don't think I broke mine. I think they were already broke.

Anyways I'm 99% sure I'm going to separate the trans from the engine tomorrow night and start with the tranny refresh. Flywheel removal. Rear main seal removal and repair etc... While I wait for parts to come in I'll clean up the underside of the car to aid in future oil leak tracking and 1st post clutch start troubleshooting.

If anyone knows an easy way to remove the shift arm.please drop the knowledge. Looks like it maybe a couple clips and a pin to knock out.

Edit: The above was sent from my cell sorry for the idiot speak.
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Old 03-14-2014, 01:19 AM   #28
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I'm still gonna need to source a couple more parts, ballcup bushing and other little tid bits.

from autohauzAZ

26111229360 Driveshaft Flex Disc/Joint; 96mm; $69.48 1

07119906045 M8x16 Bolt; Pressure Plate to Flywheel $0.92 6

22316773125 Transfer Case Mount $39.34 1

from amazon

1 of: LuK DMF019 Clutch Flywheel
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC

Condition: New
$327.17
1 of: Dorman 911-901 Air Pump Mount
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC

Condition: New
$10.28
1 of: Mityvac MV8000 Automotive Test and Bleeding Kit
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC

Condition: New
$34.99
1 of: OTC 4506 Fuel Line Clamp Set - 2 Piece
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC

Condition: New
$8.49
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Old 03-14-2014, 01:35 AM   #29
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I also have acquired

mann filter (car came with a K&N i may clean and reuse it)

mann cabin filter

magnetic drain plug for the engine

2 quarts redline D4 ATF (trans and transfer case)

2 quarts redline 75w-90 (Diffs)

mann oil filter

10 (2x5qts) mobil 1 0w-40 euro for $40 on sale at walmart


With tools this is around $1300 total.
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:17 AM   #30
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After all this i'll give it a month or so and start on the front end of the car, hoses, belts, all the normal e46 items i've read about. luckly most of all of the cooling system has been overhauled in the past couple years. My wife is at about her limit with my purchases lol. I figure at this point I have 5600 in the car including the car itself so its not too bad if I can get it all back together.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:38 PM   #31
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goals tonight:

reinstall driver side engine mount nut a thread or two just so I dont lose it
unbolt 02 bracket from bell housing
remove last 2 bell housing bolts
pry trans from engine rotate counter clockwise and clear input shaft, remove from under the car if clearance allows
cry a tear of joy
If I can get this far tonight I will remove the clutch assembly and flywheel and take some pics along the way
clean up and organize the 1000s of nuts and bolts under the car

My buddy is coming over tomorrow, at that point we can put in the rear main seal. Change out front and rear diff fluid, engine oil, transfer case and transmission fluid. clean up the underside of the car to help in revealing post repair oil leaks.

SO CLOSE.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:28 AM   #32
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CHECK: reinstall driver side engine mount nut a thread or two just so I dont lose it
CHECK: remove 02 wires from bell housing
CHECK: remove last 2 bell housing bolts
CHECK*:pry trans from engine rotate counter clockwise and clear input shaft, remove from under the car if clearance allows (just brought it out 1/2 an inch, just to separate it.
CHECK: cry a tear of joy
CHECK: pound, cut, tear, yell ball cup bushing out of shift arm, remove and clean shifter


Tonight went very well. I didnt move forward with the full trans removal since the wife came home and we decided to have dinner.

Tomorrow I will clean up the garage in prep for my buddy coming over to help with the removal.
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:53 AM   #33
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around 2am I decided to go back out and get the tranny out. I have it separated at the bottom by an inch and I can rotate it an inch or so clockwise/counter clockwise but it does not go futher than an inch out. i checked all the bolts are either loose or hanging out and not threaded in.

My only guess is that i'm not making clearance but I can shove my phone up above the transmission and it looks like I have enough clearance to pull it out. Even with pry bars it will not budge and i end up tuggin the entire motor back and forth.

Since I can rotate it I wouldnt think the starter dowels are hanging me up. Maybe just an angle issue? any tips?

EDIT: I just thought, if just one of the very top bolts is a mm or two threaded on it would allow for this to happen, pull back an inch and rotate but not pull completely off. I will go back to square one with the very top bolts in the morning.

IT MUST COME OFF, I need some progress on this

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Old 03-15-2014, 06:50 PM   #34
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THE TRANSMISSION IS OUT.

My buddy was a big help and was able to help me shimmy this thing free. You definitely have to get the right tilt and angle as well as rotate counter clock wise.

Just waiting on the rest of my parts, slap it together and hopefully the starter works as it should, the transmission works as it should and nothing falls apart.

Rear seal housing was leaking from bolts and through the bottom.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:33 PM   #35
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tracking torque specs for later use:

Transmission
support
crossmember to
chassis 23 Nm (17 ft-lb)
Transmission to engine (Torx-head
with washer)
M8 21 Nm (15 ft-lb)
M10 42 Nm (31 ft-lb)
M12 72 Nm (53 ft-lb)

Rear driveshaft to final drive flange
With U-joint (M10
ribbed nut) 80 Nm (59 ft-lb)
With U-joint (M10
compressed nut) 64 Nm (47 ft-lb)
Flex-disc to driveshaft or transmission
flange
M10 (8.8 grade) 48 Nm (35 ft-lb)
M10 (10.9 grade 60 Nm (44 ft-lb)
M12 (10.9 grade) 100 Nm (74 ft-lb)
Front driveshaft to
final drive flange
(with U-joint) (M10) 70 Nm (52 ft-lb)
Transmission
crossmember to
body (M8) 21 Nm (15 ft-lb)

Engine mount to subframe
M10 self-locking
nut 45 Nm (33 ft-lb)
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:14 AM   #36
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whoops i for some reason ordered a shifter ballcup bushing from partsgeek and bavauto. Oh well maybe i'll give the 2nd one away on the forum.

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Old 03-17-2014, 11:32 PM   #37
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While waiting for my flywheel, pilot puller, clutch slave and mityvac to show up I decided to install my new rear main seal into the existing housing/cap.

I also started cleaning up the bell housing, lubed the shift arm and installed new washers. Installed new ball cup bushing.

Removing the existing rear seal from the housing was a little troublesome because I didnt want to ruin the seal suface area in the housing. this seal was brittle and the inner metal ring in the seal seemed fused to the housing. I generously applied penetrating oil and used side cutters to pry it away.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:34 PM   #38
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I followed the normal guides around here.

I lubed the seal in new oil, cleaned the housing, sealed the bottom of the oil pan gasket with high temp gasket maker and the corners where the seal housing meets the block.

I will I could start the engine and verify the seal will not leak.

I got 2 impact sockets, lubed them with oil on the end and used those to gently tap the seal into place.

The housing bolts were tightened down from the bottom first then top then the 13mm bolts tightened hard. I will go back over them with a torque wrench later.

As I wrote the above sentence I have found torque specs and probably over torqued the housing some.

10 mm bolts - 7 ft-lbs
13 mm bolts - 16 ft-lbs

i"m probably closer to 15 and 26 ft lbs. I'll just leave it as is for now. If its gonna leak from being over torqued and ruining the gasket, damage is done and I wont know until the car is started.
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Old 03-18-2014, 12:00 AM   #39
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Cleaned up oil plug area to check for leaks later on.

Pic of burn crispies in the bell housing.

Pic of the flywheel surface (note: flywheel dual massness is still working, springs are tight even after 129k miles but for $320 for a Luk a new one is going in)

Pic of worn clutch surface, the pictures do not do it justice but many of fasteners for the friction surface have been ground down.

The rest of my parts should be here within 48 hours. I'm very excited at the possibility of getting this back on the road this weekend.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:11 PM   #40
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No work on the car yesterday or today. Everyone around me has been very sick including myself. Although as of right now I feel like I could do work I will put it off until tomorrow or Friday.

At this point I have everything except for my new clutch slave which can be put on later after the transmission is reattached.
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