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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 01-14-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Clicking on front left and right

wicked clicking sound on both sides of the front wheel wells. Almost sounds like electronic clicking of on/off relay. It happens when backing up and turning. I have read about axles and wheel bearings. The clicks are most prominent when it is cold outside. Further opinions are appreciated.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:56 PM   #2
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Front axles are shot. Replace them. Could be one or both, you'll have to listen more closely to the clicking to narrow it down more.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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I agree. Have a good look at the motor mounts too. Bad motor mounts will kill front axles.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:25 AM   #4
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Yeah, definetly axles/CV joints.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:58 AM   #5
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both motor mounts were changed <6k ago. New axles have ~25k on them. Probably cheap replacements as I did not change them out. Why do they click and any suggestions for good supply house for axles would be appreciated. Autozone has "limited" lifetime warranty on theirs.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:25 PM   #6
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both motor mounts were changed <6k ago. New axles have ~25k on them. Probably cheap replacements as I did not change them out. Why do they click and any suggestions for good supply house for axles would be appreciated. Autozone has "limited" lifetime warranty on theirs.
Use OEM axles. GKN to be specific.
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