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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 05-23-2019, 11:24 PM   #1
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URGENT - the rear diff slipped down while taking the driveshaft off

OMG. HELP!

I'm changing the driveshaft. Following instructions to remove the rear aluminum subframe carrier/pushrod, and then the whole thing slipped down.

2005 330xi

I've got all four wheels of the car on ramps.

The driveshaft is unbolted at the front and rear.

Now I cannot get the differential lifted back into place!!!


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Old 05-24-2019, 12:19 AM   #2
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maybe it's because you have the rear wheels on ramps instead of unloaded
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Old 05-24-2019, 12:21 AM   #3
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maybe it's because you have the rear wheels on ramps instead of unloaded
So, perhaps get the car onto the rear jack points? And then lift the front of the differential up?

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Old 05-24-2019, 12:50 AM   #4
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So, perhaps get the car onto the rear jack points? And then lift the front of the differential up?

I think it's worth a shot
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:52 AM   #5
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...and by differential I am speaking about the suspension subframe...by lifting at the jack point.


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