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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 04-24-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Front axle stuck!! Help!

Front driver side axle is stuck to transmission. Any idea on how to get it out?



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Old 04-24-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:03 PM   #4
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stuck to the transmission? you mean the front diff?

You typically need to give it a good whack with a 3lb sledge or the like to overcome the circlip that keeps it secured inside the diff...

What are you trying to accomplish and what have you done so far?
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:43 PM   #5
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I guess if that's what it's called. Well I'm trying to swap axle because the first one went bad. I'm at the part where I need to take the axle put.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:57 AM   #6
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I guess if that's what it's called. Well I'm trying to swap axle because the first one went bad. I'm at the part where I need to take the axle put.
Have you tried getting a prybar or screw driver in between the diff and the axle and prying? Or line up a board with the axle by the diff and hammer on it?

I'm about to do this job tomorrow. Hoping I don't run into this. If you already got it out let me know what you did.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:27 PM   #7
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What I did was have someone pull on the axle while I took a large screwdriver or punch and gave it a couple of good whacks with a hammer on the lip near where the axle enters the diff.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:17 AM   #8
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What I did was have someone pull on the axle while I took a large screwdriver or punch and gave it a couple of good whacks with a hammer on the lip near where the axle enters the diff.
Same here (minus the extra person): snagged a nice flat tipped punch and whacked it with sledge on the lip and it popped out easily


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Old 04-26-2013, 07:01 AM   #9
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I use a flat end air chisel on that lip , pops them right out!
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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I'm having trouble getting the new one in. I pulled the circlip off the end and inserted to verify the fit, so I know the only obstruction is the circlip. And I know it needs some force but I'm afraid ill damage something if I wail on it.
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:26 PM   #11
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****er won't go.....
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:30 AM   #12
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****er won't go.....
I don't know if you got it already, but I had to reshape my clip some to get it to fit. I think I deformed it when pulling it off the old axle. This was by far the mostd frustrating part of the job both times I've done it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:52 PM   #13
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yeah, that's what i ended up doing. reshaped the clip, and it went on really easy. seemed too easy, so i reshaped it again so there was a little more resistance. i figured it wants some force to keep it in place. but it was impossible with the original shape.
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yeah, that's what i ended up doing. reshaped the clip, and it went on really easy. seemed too easy, so i reshaped it again so there was a little more resistance. i figured it wants some force to keep it in place. but it was impossible with the original shape.
Same thing happened to me. It slid in easily and I was like wait was that too easy... but then I couldn't pull it out very easily, and I had heard it snap in, so I figured it was fine.
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