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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 03-23-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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axle seal removal

how do you remove an axle seal? is there a need for a special tool...
and how do you press the new seal inside?
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:06 PM   #2
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It's frusting for sure!. I read several people say a simple screwdriver but I couldn't get that to work because there wasn't enough room for leverage. I ended up CAREFULLY using the claw portion of a typical hammer. Like I said...CAREFULLY...to ensure the end of the claw didn't gouge anything behind the seal. Both sides came right out in just seconds where as I spent more than 45 minutes with each side before using the hammer trying other methods.
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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I was able to get mine out with a small prybar wrapped in a towel. Make sure not to scratch anything. The new seals have to be pushed in almost perfectly straight. If they go in crooked you will damage them and have to get new ones. Take note of how far the current ones are pushed into the diff.

I had to replace my axles and I put new seals in. I took the old axles apart and used the bearing race and a dead blow hammer to tap them in. It is a metal cylinder with holes around it (the holes are for the ball bearings) and it fits perfectly onto the axel seal. I read another thread where someone used the white plastic packaging that came with the seals to help up them in.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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There's a TIS on spaghetticoder that shows you how to do it right.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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I just gently pryed the seal out with a screwdriver, no problem.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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I pry out the left seal with a screwdriver too and slither it in by hand
but the right one has always been a P.I.T.A. for me. i damaged the seal carrier trying to get the damn seal out, (i hope it won't leak)! I hate the right side
Yesterday i broke the bolt that holds the strut to the steering knuckle. fricking nightmarre. i am heated.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:29 PM   #7
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I pry out the left seal with a screwdriver too and slither it in by hand
but the right one has always been a P.I.T.A. for me. i damaged the seal carrier trying to get the damn seal out, (i hope it won't leak)! I hate the right side
Yesterday i broke the bolt that holds the strut to the steering knuckle. fricking nightmarre. i am heated.
How'd you manage that? Mine came out no problem. Impact wrenches do wonders to help get stuck stuff out.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:00 PM   #8
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it was stuck there real good i guess. the head of the bolt broke right at the base

however i managed to save the knuckle by drilling it out. I used a bolt with a nut to hold the strut nice and snug. im assuming it's safe to drive.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:22 AM   #9
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I pry out the left seal with a screwdriver too and slither it in by hand
but the right one has always been a P.I.T.A. for me. i damaged the seal carrier trying to get the damn seal out, (i hope it won't leak)! I hate the right side
Yesterday i broke the bolt that holds the strut to the steering knuckle. fricking nightmarre. i am heated.
Same thing happened to me a couple of years ago. The bolt was rusted in. Drilled it out, so I used a bolt and double nut. I have since replaced the carrier and hub. Got an assembly used from a part-out.
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