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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Jan-26-2009, 12:18:05 AM   #1
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Default Differential seals leaking? Pictures

It seems a little oily down there... but i've read that some oil around the differential seals is normal. Do you guys think my seals are bad or does this seem like an allowable amount of oil...?

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Can't tell if that's the passenger side or the driver side axle seal but mine looked like that and I changed the seal. I believe list price for the seal and clip is $25. Passenger side takes about 30 minutes. Driver side maybe a little longer since the section 2 needs to be lowered.
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Can't tell if that's the passenger side or the driver side axle seal but mine looked like that and I changed the seal. I believe list price for the seal and clip is $25. Passenger side takes about 30 minutes. Driver side maybe a little longer since the section 2 needs to be lowered.
Yup, it is the passenger side - the drivers side looked much more difficult to change. With the surroundings looking like mine, did the seals actually need to be replaced once you opened it all up?
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Yup, it is the passenger side - the drivers side looked much more difficult to change. With the surroundings looking like mine, did the seals actually need to be replaced once you opened it all up?
The seals are there to prevent exactly what you have pictured. I've replaced mine about a year ago and it hasn't had a problem since.

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http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=230322
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The seals are there to prevent exactly what you have pictured. I've replaced mine about a year ago and it hasn't had a problem since.

http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=218070
http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=230322
Thanks for the input, looks like i'll be using those DIY's in the next few weeks!
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im having the same problem rite now...mine is the passenger side for sure, dont know about the driver side. sounds like im going to have to change seal as well.
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Mine look exactly the same as well...
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I had the same issue, the dealer completed this for me under my warranty.
If anyone has warranty, go and tell the dealer, they will do it for you.
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Can't tell if that's the passenger side or the driver side axle seal but mine looked like that and I changed the seal. I believe list price for the seal and clip is $25. Passenger side takes about 30 minutes. Driver side maybe a little longer since the section 2 needs to be lowered.
The dealer just called me to say my passenger side diff seal has a minor leak. Repair cost is estimated at $641. Since the seal cost only $25, you can bet that i am going to add this my DIY project for later this year.
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