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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 Sat, Dec-11-2010, 10:11:46 PM   #1
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Default FCAB removal trick.

I just did my FCABs on my car and the passenger side was so worn that it popped right off. The driver side however would not budge and I did not have pry bar long enough to do it that way. I soaked it in PB blaster and put both of my feet on the side of the bushing and leg pressed it off. It popped off with ease and I am by no means a beef head. Just thought I would pass on the tip.
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thanks for the tips, have to do mine soon, it would help
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I used a gear puller and it seemed to work pretty good.
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I always use a 2-jaw puller and it slides right off.
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3-jaw puller... no problemo!
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good tip haha
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If you thread one of the bolts back in you can use a big pry bar and use it at leverage, the dealer guys used to do it like that all the time.

I use a special tool that pulls both of them off in less than 30 seconds, no tool setup time either.
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Just recently had my FCABs installed an my right one is notchy when I drive down my garage while riding my brakes. Is there any way to fix that thump/popping sound?
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Plannin on trying to replace both Fcab's 2mrw and change both transmission/diff fluids. I rented this
(http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc..._&target=shelf)
tool from autozone. Should it do the trick? i guess ill just have 2 try n find out...
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Plannin on trying to replace both Fcab's 2mrw and change both transmission/diff fluids. I rented this
(http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc..._&target=shelf)
tool from autozone. Should it do the trick? i guess ill just have 2 try n find out...
I swear your feet will be just as easy lol.

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