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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 08-04-2013, 04:58 PM
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Excessive tire noise - Michelin PSS

EFF this DIY!!!

Attempted the rear wheel bearing today. I'm really frustrated as I cannot get the drive axle out of the hub. E14 external torx bolts on the inner CV joint came off fine (I forgot to mark though - ugh). I just can't get the outer part out of the hub. I was using the below video - his are usually really good. However, his drive axle was not seized on like mine appears to be. Seems straightforward outside of this issue. I do have all the other tools necessary.

http://m.youtube.com/results?q=e46%2...?v=D4PK1jXhppE

I ended up giving up for the day and bolted everything back up. As I stated before, I forgot to mark the drive axle to align it with the diff... Hopefully it's not too big of a deal.

I came across the below video of a slide hammer's usage with a particular adapter... Think this'll work in my case?

http://m.youtube.com/results?q=e46%2...?v=rzBvaEECQfM

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Old 08-04-2013, 05:13 PM
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What I do with stuck axles is as follows:

1. nail it with PB blaster and let it soak for an hour.
2. with the half shaft detached from the diff and hanging down, take the axle nut and screw it on just enough so the end of the shaft does NOT stick through and hit the piss out of it with a 3lb mini sledge
3. If that doesn't work, use a slide hammer and hit and hit and hit and hit. I almost passed out from it, but it came off. I found I got the most leverage by straddling the slide hammer and using ALL of my 210lb frame. If you aren't fat like me, get a buddy that is, weight is your friend with slide hammers.
4. Use a 3 jaw puller and try to work it out that way.
5. Worst case scenario, hit the end of the axle itself with a big sledge, just know you will ruin it and have to buy a new one.
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:55 PM
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What I do with stuck axles is as follows:

1. nail it with PB blaster and let it soak for an hour.
2. with the half shaft detached from the diff and hanging down, take the axle nut and screw it on just enough so the end of the shaft does NOT stick through and hit the piss out of it with a 3lb mini sledge
3. If that doesn't work, use a slide hammer and hit and hit and hit and hit. I almost passed out from it, but it came off. I found I got the most leverage by straddling the slide hammer and using ALL of my 210lb frame. If you aren't fat like me, get a buddy that is, weight is your friend with slide hammers.
4. Use a 3 jaw puller and try to work it out that way.
5. Worst case scenario, hit the end of the axle itself with a big sledge, just know you will ruin it and have to buy a new one.
Thanks, smolck!

1. I did use liquid wrench. Although I did not let it soak for an hour, maybe 15 minutes.

2. I'll save this one did not try it. Wouldn't leaving the nut on keep the shaft attached to hub?

3. I'm pretty green on the slide hammer concept.. Is it being used correctly in the video I posted? This was not the way I attempted to use it.

4. I used a two jaw puller and vent the snot out of it.

Edit: *bent not vent. Damn iphone

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Old 08-08-2013, 08:43 AM
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Can I use a slide hammer with an axle pulling flange to mount to hub and "pull" the hub off of the splined axle shaft?


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Smolck, wondering if you've ever done the above?


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Update:

Rear wheel bearing replaced. Noise is completely gone. Tires are perfectly quiet. I can finally have some fun with these Michelins!

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