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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 09-16-2015, 04:57 PM   #1
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front axle replacement question

So I was working on swapping in some new front axles on my 03' 330xi, and I managed to snap the pinch bolt on the strut. So i was wondering while I wait for my extractor set to come in the mail is there anything stopping me from using a deadblow and knocking the spindle off the bottom of the strut so I can keep working, or does the that pinch bolt run through the inside of something in the spindle that will keep it from dropping down?
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Old 09-16-2015, 05:46 PM   #2
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It does not run through the strut if that is what you are asking. It just tightens the clamp around the strut. That's pretty amazing you sheared that head off haha. I would wait for the extractor set but if you need to i don't see why you can't beat the clamp off the strut. NOW what that does to the strut or clamp is beyond me but theoretically yes you could do that. As long as your ball joint are off and that's the only thing holding you.
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:20 PM   #3
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That bolt runs through a groove in the strut IIRC so the spindle wont come off, sorry.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:47 AM   #4
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jmo69 +1 for catching that I forgot about that.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:16 PM   #5
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I hope the OP did too before any damage was done.
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