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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 04-19-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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i was recently told that my cv boot was torn on the right side. i was told replacing the axle was the best bet as the stelership priced me out 550 to change the boot. ive found axles online for a similiar price. what should i do needs to be fixed asap. see my other threads for the bmw quote. should i look at doing th axle myself, having it done or just having the cv boot replaced. i just started to exxperience ticking noises while driving , very faint.

aany advice is appreciated. I am also upgrading my suspension, if i were to get a bilstein kit and eibach springs would i need to get a refresh kit, i know i should get new spring pads. whats the best most affordable solution for me to upgrade my supsension. my rear shocks are due, my rear left coil spring is broken. should i just do the back with oem parts, or is it more practical to do the complete upgrade with aftermarket parts. let me know what you think. thanks again
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:37 PM   #2
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I just had my front axles changed for 350 for both. The guy said I was a nice guy so he kinda hooked it up. I have many friends that work on cars so they tend to help me to who to go to and where.

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Old 04-19-2013, 08:43 PM   #3
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I just did both of my front outer axle boots this week. It requires you to disassemble the joint to clean out the grease and put fresh grease in. But if yours are ticking then it might be too late. As for your suspension, do a search and you will find a thread on here with many peoples suspension set up and what their opinion is on it. I just installed my bilstein sport struts and e36 m3 rear shocks with eibach pro springs on my car this week with all new hardware. So far I like the set up and don't find it as harsh as some have reported.

I am willing to bet that you will find some other parts that are worn as well if you look hard enough. I would go ahead and inspect everything to determine what else might need to be replaced while you are in there. I had to replace both control arms and inner ball joints, FCABs and RTABs.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:25 PM   #4
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I just did both of my front outer axle boots this week. It requires you to disassemble the joint to clean out the grease and put fresh grease in. But if yours are ticking then it might be too late. As for your suspension, do a search and you will find a thread on here with many peoples suspension set up and what their opinion is on it. I just installed my bilstein sport struts and e36 m3 rear shocks with eibach pro springs on my car this week with all new hardware. So far I like the set up and don't find it as harsh as some have reported.

I am willing to bet that you will find some other parts that are worn as well if you look hard enough. I would go ahead and inspect everything to determine what else might need to be replaced while you are in there. I had to replace both control arms and inner ball joints, FCABs and RTABs.
I had both axles changed but i still get a clicking/clunking noise coming from suspension when i go over a uneven surface or bump...i don't know what it is..
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:30 PM   #5
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I had both axles changed but i still get a clicking/clunking noise coming from suspension when i go over a uneven surface or bump...i don't know what it is..
It may be your sway bar, bushings, all sort of things. You may want to get in stands and check everything that may be loose.


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Old 04-20-2013, 08:28 AM   #6
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I had both axles changed but i still get a clicking/clunking noise coming from suspension when i go over a uneven surface or bump...i don't know what it is..
What I did was jack the front of my car up and supported it, then at each front wheel position your hands at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock and give it a good shake. Do the same with your hands at 9 and 3. If you have movement you need to replace something. Mine moved alot at the 12 and 6 and was my ball joints. If yours are good then it's something else and will have to look some more.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:55 PM   #7
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Oh that sounds great, when I change my vcg I will do this also since it'll be jacked! Thanks guys!

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Old 04-21-2013, 02:07 PM   #8
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I had an inner boot that was torn. I called to at least 7 to 10 German and BMW mechanics around my town to get quotes on a axle replacement. I recently purchased the car with the boot already torn as found in the PPI and just wanted to go ahead and replace the axle because I didnt know the history. One BMW shop that I called I got to talk to Mechanic who has been working on BMWs for 25 years. He told me that 90% of the time the axle never needs to be replaced in his experience. He recommended just repacking the CV and then putting on a new boot. I cannot validate his statement and you would need to do your own homework on this, but I called them with the intent to replace the axle which would have put more money in their pockets, and he swayed me away for the lesser expence of just repacking and replacing the boot. Just wanted to put that out there.
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