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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 08-24-2012, 11:48 PM   #1
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Exclamation Removing Axle from hub. Please Help!

I cannot remove the axle from my hub. I have attempted to spray it with PB, and continuously beat the F*** out of it. To my demise, I was unsuccessful, and am now in desperation mode. Any advice is welcome.
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:58 AM   #2
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Rent a tool from autozone.
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:01 AM   #3
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I've used a three jaw puller to remove an axle before.

And don't beat the **** out of it, you'll mushroom the head and then you really will be ****ed.

Just remember to grease it really good when you reinstall it so the next time it's not a pita..
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:11 AM   #4
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I understand your frustration. I used the Autozone Axle Puller (OEM# 27032) on my passenger side and it worked great. I actually bought it, and it's a good thing because I've had to use it several times since.

I wasn't able to use the puller or a 3 jaw puller on the driver's side. I had to remove the axle and knuckle as an assembly. I was unable to not ruin the lower CA ball joint so I had buy a new one. I took the axle and knuckle assembly to a local shop and had them press it out with a 50 ton press. It ended up coming out with a loud BANG! That cost me $25...or so I thought.

I got home and reassembled everything only to find that the tabs on the knuckle that the caliper bracket mounts to were bent...too bent to mess around with trying to bend them back somehow, so I purchased a used knuckle on eBay for $150 shipped. I disassembled the bent knuckle from everything. This time I was able to easily remove the axle again and not ruin the CA ball joint.

However, I installed the eBay knuckle and got everything back together only to find the the wheel bearing in this knuckle had some play. I disassembled everything again, purchased a new wheel bearing and brought just the knuckle & new wheel bearing to a Ford Dealership. I explained the issue I had with my original knuckle and asked them to please be careful not the bend the knuckle. An hour later the tech comes back and says I'm all set, but says he couldn't believe how had it was to remove the bearing. He said it took 2 guys 1 hour to press it out, one to operate the press and the other to use a torch and "had to charge me $100".

I reassembled everything and honestly I did notice the tabs on the knuckle were slightly bent, but I was able to use a small washer on each tab hole to center the bracket so the rotor didn't rub. 3 months later the NAPA A1 Cardone re-manufactured axle had a torn outer boot. Start to finish, I'd say I was able to swap that axle out in under an hour, Lol. I also gambled and only replaced the axle seals once in this whole process and no leaks since.

Sometimes things just never go as planned and there are lessons learned. Keep at it and good luck.
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:43 PM   #5
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Yup, I'm gonna need a new knuckle... Is eBay the easiest place to get one?
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:07 PM   #6
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Yup, I'm gonna need a new knuckle... Is eBay the easiest place to get one?
What side? I have both.

2001 BMW 330xi
2009 Lexus IS-F
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:27 AM   #7
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I also had to take the knuckle out and use a 40 T press at work. I got lucky and didn't bend my tabs. I thought the knuckle was going to break. The other side came out with a BFH and a center punch.
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