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Old 08-11-2007, 04:04 PM   #1
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xi axel nut removal?

I've got a 2001 325xiT with a torn front outside CV boot. Can anyone tell me how to get the "staked axle nut" off? Bentley just says to "remove it". It looks like there's a ring that is crushed on to the nut, but once this ring is pried off I'm not sure what tool I use to get the multi-point nut off.

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Old 08-11-2007, 08:56 PM   #2
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i used a flat headed screw driver to "un-stake" the nut. somehow bend out the piece of the nut that is crushed in so you can then loosen it. 12 point 36mm socket, craftsman ~$7.

i had a 24in breaker bar and the nut came loose easy as pie. after reading that it was torqued to 311 ft lbs i really psyched myself out that it was going to be hard and it wasn't. i reserved a whole evening to try and loosen the nut at it was free in 10 seconds. fun times.
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Old 08-12-2007, 12:18 PM   #3
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Thanks, worked like a charm.
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:51 PM   #4
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Last week I replaced all 4 boots, both struts, control arms & bushings, and the inner ball joints on my '03 325 xit. Removing the axle nut was easy compared to cleaning the CV joints.
Check the other boots for cracking in the "valley" between the bellows. I found damage on the pass. side after discovering the driver side completely torn with grease coating the inside of the wheel.
Good luck.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:08 PM   #5
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Can anyone help me with my cv boot replacement? I am pondering whether or not to replace the whole front left axle or to just replace the torn outer boot. It hasn't been torn that long, and I am pretty confident that the joint is in good shape. I have heard that he axle is a !@#$% to get apart to replace the boot. Any tips/tricks would be awesome! I have noticed that there is a lack of a thorough DIY on this subject...even though it seems to be a very common occurance. With someone's guidance, I will try and do a thorough DIY and post it for everyone.


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Old 04-21-2011, 06:58 AM   #6
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I hate to see you hanging. I haven't done this job; but I'm sure by the time you get the axle out and the old boots removed and the joint cleaned, the rest will be obvious. The only thing you can really do wrong is hurt the circlip or get the joint dirty.
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