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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 02-07-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Problem with replacing passenger front axle

Hey guys,
I am in the process of replacing the passenger front axle (again!) and am having trouble (again!). The axle does not just "press in" with little resistance. When the axle makes contact with the bearing in the pedestal, there is a LOT of resistance, and last time I had to whack on it pretty hard to get the axle to seat in the inner race of the bearing before I could get it inserted fully. I have not seen anyone mention this before. Everyone seems to suggest that the axle should go in fairly easily, but this is the second time that I have experienced the same issue. What gives?
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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What brand is the axle?
Try putting it in without the circlip.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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It is from Bavauto. The circlip is not the issue. The resistance is between the axle and the bearing.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:02 PM   #4
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My passenger side is the same way- whack it in with a BFH. Others have had success using the old circlip. Driver's side always goes in/out like butter. Passenger side doesn't like to come out of the hub or the diff easily either.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:04 PM   #5
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It is from Bavauto. The circlip is not the issue. The resistance is between the axle and the bearing.
Does the old axle have the same resistance? Try it.

Bav sells chinese axles, no?

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:06 PM   #6
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I think those are chinese axles. They're no good. Send them back to bavauto and get GNK.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:13 PM   #7
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The old original axle has exactly the same measurements. The BFH will be in hand when I get home from work to finish the job.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:20 PM   #8
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I had that same issue, took a lot of smacking with a 5lb sledge. When you do get the old axle out, put a liberal amount of antiseize on the splines of the new axle. I just replaced an axle again and found the parts separated very easliy with the antiseize this time. Good luck.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:13 PM   #9
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Well, all that angst and it went in like butter this time. Put a small amount of grease on the mating surfaces of the inner bearing race and the axle, and it went in like butter.
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