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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 02-06-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Replacing front driverside CV axle

The boot is busted and grease is everywhere and it's a loud click when turning. I got a replacement axle but I need to know about how long this swap should take on average. I'm renting a lift at a DIY place to get it done easier and I need a good idea of about how much time I should reserve. Anyone have a link to a DIY thread? I searched but couldn't find a thread specifically for that.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:06 PM   #2
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terdwrassler,

It takes me 20 minutes with a lift and air to change an axle. Considering it took me 4 seconds to find the link below, I think you should budget about a month and a half.

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Old 02-06-2013, 05:09 PM   #3
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Kubica damn you are a funny guy, I'll confess it was mostly laziness but thanks for the link.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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...I'm renting a lift at a DIY place ...
Which DIY place (in Denver) are you using?
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:16 AM   #5
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The one in Westminster
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:12 PM   #6
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If all goes well, and it is your first axle, plan on 3 hours.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:10 PM   #7
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If all goes well, and it is your first axle, plan on 3 hours.
Not with air on a lift!

Remove wheel, remove axle nut, remove strut pinch bolt and sway link nut, pop knuckle from strut, remove axle.

Oh and unbolt the headlight leveler from the control arm before anything else. And top up the diff fluid too.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:34 PM   #8
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Sheiss! Wish I had a lift!
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:25 PM   #9
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1 hour and even ran into a few issues, check out my old axle. http://imgur.com/pRObnHX http://www.imgur.com/kUTlGjO

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Old 02-08-2013, 01:17 PM   #10
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Did you install a new axle seal? Hopefully you did while you were in there.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:16 PM   #11
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Did mine last night, and it actually went much quicker than last time. About 1.5 hours total, which included cleaning up a lot of spattered grease.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:13 AM   #12
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1 hour and even ran into a few issues
terdwrassler,

I've wrestled grumpies for more than an hour. Nice work.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:20 AM   #13
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So glad i just found this post i plan to do this job to both sides as soon as this upstate New York snow is gone. Is this a proper brand to use or does any have a better recommendation? I always bought things from Bav auto when i had my e36 M3 but mainly because its all i knew. now that im on the boards i am realizing many people dont think quite as highly of them and have many other parts companys they use. Any and all advice is welcome. thank you
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:47 PM   #14
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uhh. anyone?
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:14 PM   #15
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So glad i just found this post i plan to do this job to both sides as soon as this upstate New York snow is gone. Is this a proper brand to use or does any have a better recommendation? I always bought things from Bav auto when i had my e36 M3 but mainly because its all i knew. now that im on the boards i am realizing many people dont think quite as highly of them and have many other parts companys they use. Any and all advice is welcome. thank you
Only use oem gkn axles from pelican parts or oembimmerparts. Replace the axle seal and it's also a good thing to replace all the nuts you are removing including the strut pinch bolt.
Many people here have broken strut pinch bolts so be careful with it. If that bolt takes too much force to loosen i guarantee you the head will snap.
Believe in yourself and you will get it done. You'll be fine as long as you dont break the strut bolt.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:32 PM   #16
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Only use oem gkn axles from pelican parts or oembimmerparts. Replace the axle seal and it's also a good thing to replace all the nuts you are removing including the strut pinch bolt.
Many people here have broken strut pinch bolts so be careful with it. If that bolt takes too much force to loosen i guarantee you the head will snap.
Believe in yourself and you will get it done. You'll be fine as long as you dont break the strut bolt.
honestly man, i appreciate the input but i have 114,00 miles on my car and i really dont have 700 dollars to spend on 2 oem axles right now. there must be a better/more affordable option. Has anyone had any luck with other brands?
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:21 PM   #17
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Tell me about it, the xi is a lot more expensive to maintain than a RWD car. We don't have that many options.
A1 cardone reman from napa auto parts are cheaper axles (about $100 each) but they leak diff fluid from the seal, at least my passanger side did. I had to replace the diff because it ran low on fluid. Maby you'll get lucky and yours won't leak.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:12 AM   #18
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I honestly think you'd be fine with anything from these guys, http://www.rmeuropean.com/bmw-parts.aspx#Category
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:05 AM   #19
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honestly man, i appreciate the input but i have 114,00 miles on my car and i really dont have 700 dollars to spend on 2 oem axles right now. there must be a better/more affordable option. Has anyone had any luck with other brands?
You might have more money for repairs if you didn't have to spend so much on stupid speeding tickets.......just saying......

Look around, OEM remans are worth it and can be found for $250 or so. You get what you pay for with these things; if you don't care then the $69 Napa or Rockauto ones are fine. They'll last a while, if you do your own swaps maybe they will last enough for you.

But if your stocks went 114k, how long do you think the cheap ones will go?
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:36 PM   #20
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You might have more money for repairs if you didn't have to spend so much on stupid speeding tickets.......just saying......

Look around, OEM remans are worth it and can be found for $250 or so. You get what you pay for with these things; if you don't care then the $69 Napa or Rockauto ones are fine. They'll last a while, if you do your own swaps maybe they will last enough for you.

But if your stocks went 114k, how long do you think the cheap ones will go?
Lol I hear u on the ticket. It's more on principle though and if didn't just delete that thread you could have seen my reply to that. Thank you tho
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