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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 09-30-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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CV boot?

I have a 2003 325xi and it appears that my outer CV boots are torn. While looking at my chilton and pics online of the parts ill be working with, it seems simple...

is there a how to anywhere on the front drive axel replacement or even specifically the boots themselves?

the main thing im worried about is the CHILTON magazine says that when taking the hub assembly off if the bearings get damaged then I have to replace the entire hub, which id rather not replace the entire hub just for a pair of 20$ cv boots....
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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You won't be pulling the hub from the bearing for an axle job.

Youtube has a video.

Change diff fluid, replace crush washers, and axles seals.
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:36 PM   #3
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The whole reason I am going in there is to get to the outer CV boot though, so should I just take the axel out of the differential and pull the cv boot out that way instead? in my head im pulling it off and putting the new on towards the wheel side which would then have to go over the hub...
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:51 PM   #4
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There is a ton of information online. Google is an easy way to search this site as well as other BMW enthusiast sites.

My $.02: upgrade your Chilton manual. Bentley and BMW's TIS are each better.
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