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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 10-06-2011, 05:15 PM   #21
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:16 AM   #22
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bad news I must say.
installed first Cardone reman axle, the boot was damaged during shipping, so I wouldnt say its Cardone's fault.
shop replaced second axle, now its making a grinding sound in the morning when its cold.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:31 AM   #23
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Sorry you have to do it again now, but many have had the same results a you with the same axle, they are terrible.

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bad news I must say.
installed first Cardone reman axle, the boot was damaged during shipping, so I wouldnt say its Cardone's fault.
shop replaced second axle, now its making a grinding sound in the morning when its cold.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:53 AM   #24
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Sorry you have to do it again now, but many have had the same results a you with the same axle, they are terrible.
I had a shop do it and they have already replaced the axle second time due to the first one was leaking grease.
what axle should I go for if I want less trouble?
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:08 PM   #25
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I had a shop do it and they have already replaced the axle second time due to the first one was leaking grease.
what axle should I go for if I want less trouble?
Excluding Chinese axles, the only thing I can think of is the dealer. If you have the bux.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:12 PM   #26
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I WOULD NOT SPEND A LOT MONEY ON MY AXLE BUT THATS WHAT BASICALLY MAKES YOUR CAR MOVE...


DO NOT SPEND ON 1 CARDONE OR CARDONE AND NOT NOT CHINESE AXLES....


you might be going cheaper way., but in long run it will cause a lot vibration/hesitation on steering wheel... do to cheap axles...


personally! DO NOT BUY AFTERMARKET STUFF 4 YOUR MAJOR PARTS ON BMW..


i bought me cheap axles, 2 year later. i have a lot vibration on steering wheel and i haven't even finish doing all the preventive maintenance on my beamer or interior/exterior stuff.... so basically my point is... does CHEAP/AFTERMARKET axle will catch up w you soon and u will have to spend another 200+ install ( labor) 200+ maybe more..... it adds up to new OEM AXLE! plus u wont get good handling on cheap axles..


i say this bec its my personal experience w cheap axle


i would not care if next 2 months i gotta buy my christmas gift of 2 oem axle 600$ 900$ ( bec u will get perfect steering handling )
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:17 PM   #27
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I WOULD NOT SPEND A LOT MONEY ON MY AXLE BUT THATS WHAT BASICALLY MAKES YOUR CAR MOVE...


DO NOT SPEND ON 1 CARDONE OR CARDONE AND NOT NOT CHINESE AXLES....


you might be going cheaper way., but in long run it will cause a lot vibration/hesitation on steering wheel... do to cheap axles...


personally! DO NOT BUY AFTERMARKET STUFF 4 YOUR MAJOR PARTS ON BMW..


i bought me cheap axles, 2 year later. i have a lot vibration on steering wheel and i haven't even finish doing all the preventive maintenance on my beamer or interior/exterior stuff.... so basically my point is... does CHEAP/AFTERMARKET axle will catch up w you soon and u will have to spend another 200+ install ( labor) 200+ maybe more..... it adds up to new OEM AXLE! plus u wont get good handling on cheap axles..


i say this bec its my personal experience w cheap axle


i would not care if next 2 months i gotta buy my christmas gift of 2 oem axle 600$ 900$ ( bec u will get perfect steering handling )
are you 5?
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:24 PM   #28
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are you 5?


nah.. Im more like 9...


once u go black u never go back ,,!,,
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:49 PM   #29
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Yeah really. It made me tired...
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:56 PM   #30
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OEM is not an option in canada -over $1000.
So, even if Cardone last 2 yrs, for the money it's worth it.
I have always just rebuilt my axles instead of replacing but may try a set of Cardone Reman. ones next time while I rebuild my originals.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:30 AM   #31
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OEM is not an option in canada -over $1000.
So, even if Cardone last 2 yrs, for the money it's worth it.
I have always just rebuilt my axles instead of replacing but may try a set of Cardone Reman. ones next time while I rebuild my originals.
Where do you get the components for the rebuild?
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:31 AM   #32
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OEM Boot kit from the dealer (CV Boot Rebuild Kit) about $50
Grease, lots of it
But it must be worth rebuilding, if it's clicking a lot don't waste your time, and it is a very dirty job. One step away from an axle replacement, so IF you can - order a set in advance from the US so you don't get stuck having to pay big bucks when it breaks!

One thing I have learned about this car - check the CV Boots for tears as often as you can, catch it in time and no harm done - other than a huge mess to deal with!
And for those of who that never re-greased the inner CV joint, it's probably dry!
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:37 AM   #33
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Oh. You made it sound like you wre actually rebuiding the axles when in fact you were just replacing the boots.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:05 AM   #34
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Oh. You made it sound like you wre actually rebuiding the axles when in fact you were just replacing the boots.
lol, I wish I was that handy.
So far, there is nothing to rebuild because I catch them before the parts are damaged. What I meant was it is removed, properly cleaned and repacked with grease & new boots & clips...
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:37 PM   #35
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OK I have a (possibly) obvious question: what grease do you use on the inner joints? they do not take the "CV joint grease" you can get anywhere that is moly based. Is there a good equivalent to the OEM/GKN tripod grease? or can you really get away with the moly stuff on the tripod joints??
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OK I have a (possibly) obvious question: what grease do you use on the inner joints? they do not take the "CV joint grease" you can get anywhere that is moly based. Is there a good equivalent to the OEM/GKN tripod grease? or can you really get away with the moly stuff on the tripod joints??
As you have found out the grease is indeed different on the inners.

However, with that said, I was in a bind last year and had to use the regular stuff and still have not got around to putting the right stuff in there. I will say that I have not experienced any dry joint shudder on long trips that I thought i might. Am i doing damage to them? Maybe, but they havent asploded yet.... Ive got ~110K on the OE axles, 50k on the current OE boots, 15K on the wrong grease and truth be told I expect another boot to fail before the wrong grease has caused any significant damage to the joint.

But then again what do i know. I am using these on the large side of the inner boots:



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Old 12-02-2011, 04:22 PM   #37
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This is what i have use and like you no problem at all .this work realy good..and did the same for the clip...
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nice, thanks for the tip. And good call on the inner boot clamps, OEM=fail.
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nice, thanks for the tip. And good call on the inner boot clamps, OEM=fail.
I agree. All of the OE clamps that have been on there have eventually slacked off and started to allow grease to escape. Been running those hose clamps for over a year now with no issues whatsoever.

I was worried that they might cause some vibrations by throwing the rotating mass off balance but I guess the additional weight is insignificant compared to the whole.

I will say that depending on the size of the hose clamp being used or if the plastic underbody shield is warped/bent/askew there is a chance that the clamp can come into contact with it.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:05 PM   #40
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bad news I must say.
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I had a shop do it and they have already replaced the axle second time due to the first one was leaking grease.
what axle should I go for if I want less trouble?
ok a little update. the axle was fine, the seal was replaced not leaking anymore.
the noise was due to front axle low on fluid as my other thread stated.
Cardone is a pretty good replacement.
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