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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sat, Jan-25-2020, 08:12:59 PM   #1
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Default Tragedy: Seized Axle

I know, I post a lot.

As you all know, I've been working on my car for quite a while now. After completing everything I needed to complete, I was set to take the car with me to college for the fist time.

Disaster struck as a huge tear in my outer CV boot. Cant drive on that. I can deal with that, so I ordered one as I went back to college, and planned for the first time to send it to a local Indie shop to have them take care of it.

Now my Tragedy is that the axle is seized in the hub. The shop tried to get it off, and couldn't. They believe whoever put it in last used no antiseize, and could "see the rust" on the axle and hub. I gave them the green light to use "extra force" that could damage either the axle or hub- and no dice. They released the car back to my dad.

I really just wanted to get my boot fixed. A ripped boot turned into looking for a used hub now, as far as I know that's one of my most logical steps. The shop use heat and a press, with no results.

I just want to drive my car. Anybody have advice on how to proceed with this? I'm at a loss. Bear in mind that when I do go home, I can only stay for a max of a weekend, so I don't have time for much work.

Thanks all.

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Default Re: Tragedy: Seized Axle

Get the used hub and go from there. You are paying a shop so time is money.
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Old Sat, Jan-25-2020, 10:23:36 PM   #3
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Default Re: Tragedy: Seized Axle

Thought it was sometime serious with all these dramatic words, LOL. New CV axle, bearing and hubs. Done. Will probably be cheaper than paying a shop to repack and do your boot and put all your old rusted parts back together.
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Get another car!
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Old Sun, Jan-26-2020, 07:03:01 PM   #5
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Default Re: Tragedy: Seized Axle

Yea it could be worse. New axle, and wheel bearing/hub should get you going as stated above. You can probably get those parts for under $300 on the cheap.

Getting the rusted stuff off the car is going to suck ass, there are some specialty tools that would help but honestly, if you don't have those already this might be worth having a shop do the job. To get the rusted front wheel bearings off my E46, we had to use a grinder, slide hammer and air chisel. Also I'm not sure how comfortable I'd be doing that on just jack stands.
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Old Mon, Jan-27-2020, 07:52:25 PM   #6
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Default Re: Tragedy: Seized Axle

these cars ALWAYS have seized axles. I swear, as soon as you put the new one in, it'll become seized too lol.

I've found the only want to get them out is a 5lbs sledge and go to town. Since you're not reusing the axle, you don't have to worry as much. Definitely get a new hub and wheel bearing because its going to come apart with the hub and you may as well do it now while you can.
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Old Mon, Jan-27-2020, 10:05:19 PM   #7
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Default Re: Tragedy: Seized Axle

I just replaced the rear wheel bearings on my 99 M3 and in order to get the axles out, I used the 7 ton 3 jaw puller rental from Advance or Autozone...can't remember.

Anyways, I sprayed some PB blaster, give it some time to penetrate, then put the 7 ton puller on it, put your socket on it, and hit it with your sledge hammer. Then, apply your impact. As soon as you see the impact struggle, hit it with the sledge again. I found that after a couple of time of repeating this, the axles came out.
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Get one of these works every time and I had some super stuck ones.

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Old Tue, Jan-28-2020, 12:18:11 PM   #9
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Kaane, unless you are a professional mechanic and do these often, I can't imagine you'd want to buy that for the rare number of times you remove an axle?

OP, like I said, rent a 7 ton 3 jaw puller (for free), get it tight, couple whacks with the sledge, tighten, rinse, repeat and it will break free....

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