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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 10-08-2011, 06:53 PM   #1
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2002 325xi front passenger axel help

Hey guys.

I have a bit of a problem on my hands. I'm changing my axel because they have been compromised.

I followed the video online on how to remove the axel. It worked great up until the point when i had to remove the axel. I can't seem to get it to budge out of the transmission. I barely get enough room to fit a flat head screw driver in between, but can't get enough leverage to pry it. tried hitting it with a pry bar and hammer, but no luck either.

Anyone else run into this problem? Any words of wisdom/advise from the BMW gurus?

Thanks

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Old 10-09-2011, 11:26 AM   #2
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I got it off, success!

Chisel and a mini sledge.

But the sound is still there. it is coming from the front passenger side. Only on light to medium acceleration, it will make a clicking/binding sound, (rumble strip sound)

help
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:29 PM   #3
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Did you bother to check the wheel bearings before you you went to all that trouble?
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:54 PM   #4
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make sure you have your new axle all the way in. i didnt get my drivers side in all the way the first time. drove a couple of days and had to do it all over again! did you replace your seals?

+1 on the wheel bearings
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:37 PM   #5
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fyi,

you don't need to take the strut off the knuckle.. save yourself the step and just push the axle off of the knuckle.

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Old 10-09-2011, 08:38 PM   #6
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Did you bother to check the wheel bearings before you you went to all that trouble?
wheel bearing is good, no play. This sound will only happen when I'm accelerating from a complete stop, usually when the transmission is about to shift into second.

it honestly sounds/feels like i'm driving over rumble strips when accelerating from a dead stop (traffic light, stop sign, etx) for no more than 2-3 seconds


The sound/feeling never returns during driving.

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Old 10-10-2011, 10:55 AM   #7
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Hmmmm. Maybe I missed something in your original post, but you replaced the right side axel. Perhaps the problem is with the left side?
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:23 AM   #8
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I'm leaning towards replacing the left as well. The right was actually shot, plus boot failure.

I usually tend to find the answer using search, but I'm stumped with this.

Anyway to tell if the left axel is shot without removing it?

Tonight I'm going to switch the front and rear diff fluid anyways (part of my maintenance, not because of the sound) hopefully that helps.
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wheel bearing is good, no play. This sound will only happen when I'm accelerating from a complete stop, usually when the transmission is about to shift into second.

it honestly sounds/feels like i'm driving over rumble strips when accelerating from a dead stop (traffic light, stop sign, etx) for no more than 2-3 seconds


The sound/feeling never returns during driving.
Have you changed the TC or diff fluids. It does make a difference. Hope it's not the tranny.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:29 AM   #10
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Have you changed the TC or diff fluids. It does make a difference. Hope it's not the tranny.
Diff fluids will be changed tonight.

in the next week, I will change the transmission fluid and transfer case with new filter and gasket.
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