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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 10-19-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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Axle Stuck in Hub

Any tips on getting the Passenger Side out of the hub? I used the Hub Pusher and it won't push. Used an 3/4 Extension and a Mini Sledge no dice.

When I watch the videos, the guy makes it looks so easy with a hammer and chisel but mine doesn't seem to want to move.

Axle is GKN Lobro with out 15k on it, I'm replacing the strut and kingpin due to it being damaged with a pothole.

I'm considering getting a Harbor Freight Hydraulic Puller but man it seems like overkill!

http://www.harborfreight.com/5-ton-t...ler-95326.html


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Old 10-20-2013, 02:25 AM   #2
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Sometimes they are so stuck and not moving at all.

I use this kind of tool,if it dosent help then you must heat it up a bit...
I think this hydraulic puller is good to,and really cheap


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Old 10-20-2013, 06:32 AM   #3
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No need to remove the axle to change the strut.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:32 AM   #4
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I'm replacing the Kingpin/Knuckle that is bent as well. So the axle has to come out.

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Old 10-20-2013, 08:25 AM   #5
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Have you tried an air-hammer? I used that on my car when I replaced the axles and it worked OK

See related current thread for air hammering gone awry.

That pusher looks slick though! Just don't have one lying around

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:49 AM   #6
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Soak with penetrating oil and air hammer for a minute. Then wait a few hours and repeat. It may take a couple days but it will eventually come out. I just went through this on my wife's Subaru Forester...that sucker wouldn't budge and then it suddenly freed up. There was an amazing amount of corrosion on the splines that had welded it in place.
Patience and good luck!
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:35 AM   #7
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This is funny as it is the same issue I just dealt with. In order to change the CV boots, I ended up removing the entire assembly (which actually worked quite well).

Since you can't do that based on the part to be replaced, I'm kinda worthless. A local shop I talked to said this is not uncommon and often the wheel bearing gets mangled when you try to remove the seized shaft from the hub.

My guess is a combination of the tool shown above and the penetrating oil is the only solution. Either way, I'm anxiously waiting to hear how you get it.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:37 AM   #8
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Sometimes they are so stuck and not moving at all.

I use this kind of tool,if it dosent help then you must heat it up a bit...
I think this hydraulic puller is good to,and really cheap

Do you have any more info on this tool? I'm sure it ain't cheap, but might be nice to have...
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:51 PM   #9
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Go with the Hydraulic puller from HF. Actually take a video of it in action. Would love to see it!
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:30 PM   #10
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Got it out with the harbor freight hydraulic puller! 5 pumps and pop the axle popped lose! Easy Piezy!
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:00 AM   #11
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Do you have any more info on this tool? I'm sure it ain't cheap, but might be nice to have...


http://www.hcb-autotools.com/compone...page/Itemid,1/
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:38 AM   #12
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I must be an idiot- i can't find that one there...
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:19 PM   #13
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http://www.hcb-autotools.com/compone...art/Itemid,26/

Actually they have a nice video of the rear trailing arm bushing removal/installs


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Old 10-21-2013, 10:02 PM   #14
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Yeah I think I can see how the tool that SIIM posted would work, but I can't even find the tool on the site to get an idea of cost.

I'm thinking about getting the HF hydraulic puller...
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:18 AM   #15
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Harbor freight tool worked great literally 2 minutes and thee hub was free. It took my more time to release the lower ballpoint!


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Old 10-22-2013, 08:20 AM   #16
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The issue with that HCB tool is getting enough torque to push the axle out. There is only so much force a person an put on that screw, thus the harbor freight hydraulic can put out 5 tons


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Old 10-23-2013, 12:46 PM   #17
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I had once problem with to tight axle in hub,but Impact wrench helps me out

This tool is better ,how you can axle back into the hub? hydraulic press dosent work but this tool makes it easy,you can pull it back into the hub

http://www.hcb-autotools.com/compone...art/Itemid,26/

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Old 10-23-2013, 12:58 PM   #18
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Here is the kit USA bound.

http://www.toolsource.com/output-shaft-p-105419.html

$500 bucks
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:28 AM   #19
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Quick update from me. I ended up needing to keep the boss happy so I had to take it to a shop to finish.

However, the good update is that the chaser worked on the drivers side and I did that one perfect.

For the passenger side, it was completely seized in there and the shop had to do the same I did and pull the entire assembly and then it took a 20 ton press to get it out of the hub!!!!! This of course nuked the parts. $1k later and I'm good and the boss is happy.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:05 PM   #20
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I had to take out the whole knuckle with the axle. I put it in our shop 20 tonne press. It popped free at about 15,000 lbs scary. Cleaned the splines up and the new axle slid right in.
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