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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 06-24-2013, 07:10 AM
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Replace CV Joint Boot

Hi - My husband will be replacing the CV joint boot on our 325xi. According to the Bentley manual we'd need a special tool (33 2 111/116/117). If we're not going to replace the axel, is the special tool required?
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:30 AM
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There are DIY's for this where you prob could learn this and a lot more.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:08 AM
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If the boot has been ripped for a while, it's false economy to replace the boot and not the entire axle shaft.

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JUST...LOOK...UNDER...THE...CAR....for Chrissakes....it`s like checking to see if a dog is male or female....
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A bimmer with forced induction should have a proper manual gearbox. Anything less is like french kissing your sister.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:49 PM
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You could just repl boot but why bother? Just get a new axle and swap it in. Its just not worth the effort to do boot only. Esp if the axle is old.
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