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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-21-2017, 01:08 PM
MikesBMW2016 MikesBMW2016 is offline
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Front Axle Nut size E46 -CV Joint.

I am trying to replace Driver Side CV Joint -Axle.

I purchased both a 46mm and 32mm- both 12 point and neither work. 46= 1-13/16. Nobody had a 46mm.

I cannot find any comments on any forum that do not either say use 32mm 12-point or 46mm 12-point socket. Does anyone know what size this really is?
I do not have a micrometer in my shed, if that is the only way to tell I will go buy one.

How can this front Axle nut not be either 32mm or 46 mm?

Any help is really appreciated. I drove all over the place before I finally found a 1-13/16 just to find out it is too big. 32mm is too small.

Hmmmm. 2003 BMW 325xi e46.

Last edited by MikesBMW2016; 01-21-2017 at 01:15 PM. Reason: typo
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Old 01-21-2017, 02:20 PM
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My axle nuts on my e46 xi on the front were 36mm 12pt. I used that socket to do oil changes once I rebuilt the front axles. I got mine from NAPA.

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Old 01-22-2017, 10:32 AM
MikesBMW2016 MikesBMW2016 is offline
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Thank you for the reply. Turns out mine was an aftermarket Axle. Got the car from original owner so no idea what he bought.
All good so far.
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