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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
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Old Mon, Apr-16-2018, 01:59:12 AM   #11
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And get yourself some better jack stands...the one I see in the picture is scaring me...
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And get yourself some better jack stands...the one I see in the picture is scaring me...
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I placed extra ones under the subframe.


So I gave up on the axles, simply because I broke a jaw puller and 2 axle extractor tool sets from autozone.

They are melted in there, I was going to remove the whole arm, but I am certain they will come out with the bearing. So I am dropping her of at my trusted shop, where they will do the bearings as well.

I really wanted to write up a nice DIY.......oh well.
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You can buy a tool at any auto parts stock that bolts to the wheel studs and then presses out the axle. I would put nuts on, first, the secure the rotors!

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You can buy a tool at any auto parts stock that bolts to the wheel studs and then presses out the axle. I would put nuts on, first, the secure the rotors!

that's what I used.

The threads broke on the cheap tool.
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that's what I used.

The threads broke on the cheap tool.
You grease them first on the main bolt?
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I used a similar tool that didn't fit directly on the hub. I aligned the bolt to the end of the axle and used a bfh to whack away. It finally budged after about an hour.
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Also note, that in your first picture, it looks like the splined shaft is at an angle...ie more gap on the top than on the bottom. If the shaft became tilted as you applied pressure on it, it may be effectively wedged in the hole - and the harder you hit the end of the shaft, the more it wedges against the side...just a thought. Let us know how the story ends...
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I used a 7 ton two jaw puller and an 8 lbs sledge. Tighten, smash, tighten, smash (use an impact gun to tighten). Made quick work of it.
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I distinctly remember this as being a two day long stint in pure, insufferable, Hell. By far the worst time Iíve ever had working on the M. Lots of good advice on this thread OP. I ended up breaking several tools from AutoZone that I rented and mixing and matching parts to make it work. The job was so bad that the relief of it being over didnít even make up for the anguish. Hang in there buddy, youíll be happy once itís done!
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So I gave it to my shop which had a nice industrial size puller. They did it one two three.

So I decided to make one my self at work

I am a automotive technician for an Airline actually.

Sucks I canít bring my car in to work on,so much better than my dads driveway.

I made this bad boy from leaf spring U bolts
And some thick metal I found laying around the shop.



And I will probably never use it for axles
But it will come in handy once in a while for something


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