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E53 Front Axle Torn CV Boot Full Replacement (Similar to E46 Xi)

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Both of the front outer CV boots were torn and I decided to replace the whole half axles rather than repair the boot as 90% of the time when you catch this problem there is already damage to the axle and it needs to be replaced anyway. So here is how to do it. This same procedure basically applies to the E46 4wd Xi versions, just with smaller components. My mailing address for correspondence or swag of any kind: Jason Ryan 4821 Lankershim Blvd., Suite F368 North Hollywood, CA 91601 This video is for entertainment purposes only. 50sKid assumes no liability for any repairs or modifications performed by the viewer as a result of the information contained in this video.
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Mark Mancino (2 days ago)
Good video You make it look so easy keep up the good work thanks
ricky dayle (3 days ago)
will be a subscriber for life what an awesome vid.. Just finished doing mine would of been lost without this vid
remy gitta (1 month ago)
why didi american people every time need to bla bla bla so mutch pleas go immediatly to esential beceause our video make me sliping
Darryl Carter (2 months ago)
You make very helpful videos....especially for the 2001/2002 X5 E53...thanks!
Drift Emigrant (2 months ago)
"Chinesium" brands for win ! 😄 You make helpful videos man, thanks.
Jay Gamble (4 months ago)
Thanks Jason. It really helped.
mikemilleriu (4 months ago)
I want to sincerely thank you for this video. I'm not a mechanic but I just got this job done as well as a bearing and couldn't have done it without the visual
Lee Wren (4 months ago)
Great video love the instruction but the only thing they had me concerned with the fact that you didn’t have any safety shoes on once again great video
Mircea Lingurar (4 months ago)
Very helpful thank you
Mario Mercado (4 months ago)
My passenger from axel broke. I’m curious about doing the work myself. I do have a lot of tools. I feel that your videos is very helpful. I have a 2007 X5 4.8i. Is the work the same? And if the right one is broken, do I have to do both sides?
Jeff Birrell (5 months ago)
Thanks once again. I just replaced my e46x fronts. I would have never done this w/o your help.
Gilmur718 (6 months ago)
Hi, how to turn off the dsc completely to check the drive?
Henry Garcia (6 months ago)
Good stuff - Here is an alternative that does not require backing out the ball joints: Simply take the 2 bolts off the strut assembly. The whole knuckle swings down giving plenty of access to get them in and out. - Cheers.
Armando Hilario (6 months ago)
After that you have to alignment again
Domingo Rivera (7 months ago)
Excelent thanks
Eugene Koval (8 months ago)
It's kinda funny because at 7:03 it looks like its starting to come out but then you stop. Good video though!
Steady R (9 months ago)
Best video I found. Did the job about a month back. 1000+ miles later and I'm still happy with the amount of money I saved doing it myself. Thanks
Sam King (11 months ago)
I removed my passenger front side axle in order to get the lower ball joint out on my X5 e53 (Pennsylvania car...the ball joint would not come out by simply removing the torx bolts. Had to wail on the top of it it with a hammer but first had to remove axle to remove knuckle to get to the top of the ball joint.) Doing reassembly now and the original axle nut will not thread back onto the axle easily. Is a new axle nut required or is using the old one acceptable? Thanks in advance for any help.
Sam King (11 months ago)
Thanks for the quick reply. I'll pick up a new one and give that a try.
50sKid (11 months ago)
Sam King you should replace them. Make sure the threads aren’t damaged first
Steven Gonzalez (1 year ago)
So I purchased an x5 with bad front diff. Thinking that the previous owner drove with no oil and everything in there is just fried. I cant get the C.V. axle ends off the diff so what would a person do in that case?
open I signal (1 year ago)
hi, did you have to change the oil at any point or will it come out when you change the CV?
Joaquim Amaral (1 year ago)
Good video, Just got a 2006 X5 Your videos are going to help me a lot Please keep them coming
The Mercado Channel (10 days ago)
50sKid question will a broken axel cause the car to not move forward or reverse when putting it in gear
50sKid (1 year ago)
The X5 is coming back to my place for work because it's totally dead, engine won't run anymore, almost certainly the timing chain guides blew apart
KryptonitZombie (1 year ago)
Thank you for explaining this in great detail. I have an 02 325xi and it wont move at all, i can feel it shift but it wont move at all but makes a slight grind noise in park. It feels like it wants to move and I was reading online that this could be a cause that the clip might have not pressed in the CV axel all the way. Could the clip not cause it to move at all or probably an internal issue?
conservatorcivilus (1 year ago)
For those who think the 50sKid is not joking here: 3:21; 12:21 The Rust Belt is a region of the United States, made up mostly of places in the Midwest and Great Lakes, though the term may be used to include any location where industry declined starting around 1980. Rust refers to the deindustrialization, or economic decline, population loss, and urban decay due to the shrinking of its once-powerful industrial sector. Otherwise, a great tutorial here.
Shawn Van Dahm (1 year ago)
Thank you Kid...And others that commented with helpful additional input! 2nd on tapping in the plate hole with a long bar and removing 2 strut bolts. (Nathan's trick as well) You guys ALL rock! Cheers to the gearheads.
Colin Aglae (1 year ago)
Thanx E50sKid. Brilliant informative video !!
hoangker (1 year ago)
Hey 50sKid, great video! Thank you! Do you also have video about replacing the front differential seal?
jay zunich (1 year ago)
Great video. I did driver side by removing the lower control arm, but found that removing the strut was much faster on teh passanger side. I would recommend removing the strut housing instead of removing the lower control arm, it is much faster.
Reggy Morobe (1 year ago)
Great video.Thanks for sharing your efforts does for sure go a long way in helping us the DIYers. Keep it going.
Spencer Gold (1 year ago)
I've watched lots of your excellent videos - mostly for the e46 (we have a 325....) vacuum leaks and replacing the oil breather system - immensely helpful - so thanks again. I recently bought an E53 X5, and the front boots are just about to tear so will have to do this job (might just replace the boots though...). Re the circlip holding the inner end of the drive shafts into the diff - do these remain in the diff - or do you replace them on the end of the shaft first? As for removing the shafts from the hub - I just had to remove the rear hub - and they were rusted in - I undid the control arms and then used a three arm puller to effectively pull the hub towards me and push the shaft out the back. Was a bgger getting it back on - had to thump the face of the hub (block of wood over it) with a big hammer until I could get the nut back on to wind it on... hope that helps someone in a similar situation! Thanks again - and keep the BMW vids coming!
50sKid (1 year ago)
So they do not remain in the diff, they remain on the end of the shaft and you do not remove the old ones--the new axles will come with new ones installed on the end of the shaft already. Just pop the old one out and the new one in.
john altez (1 year ago)
You have great videos Jason I have a question I have a 2001 x5 3.0 my climate is broken .The problem is my heater wont shot off every time I drive it the heater is always on what shall I do . Can any body help me any suggestion what shall I do?
1rewd1 (1 year ago)
If I wear sandals when I work on my car I for sure drop painful things on my feet.
1rewd1 (1 year ago)
50sKid (1 year ago)
I train myself not to drop things on my feet. :-D
jose ramirez (1 year ago)
Have a question I went over a curb the other day and it ended up giving me a flat had to get it towed back home went to the junkyard to switch out the flat and when I did I was trying to go to a mechanic shop but right has I was about to go I tried going and it jus struggles to go forward and reverse like if it's locked for some reason have any ideas on what could have happened? My bmw is a 06 330xi
50sKid (1 year ago)
Was it towed on 2 wheels or were all 4 wheels up on the flatbed?
Jack Tunney (1 year ago)
About how long did it take you to do this job? I want to do it myself and am curious how long it will take
blakamin (1 year ago)
Thanks for this. Just replaced my e38 with an e53 and this has saved me mega $$$ (by "replace" I mean I still have both)
kinderutz (11 months ago)
Same boat here...740i M-Sport and X5 4.4i sport. :)
Richard Marshall (1 year ago)
"Chinesium brand...on Ebay.." Waaaa! Love it. Great video, you did it without using the special tools, like a puller and ball joint splitter, that some of the other videos suggested were required. This is the way to go; minimal removal of other parts and no special tools. I would not remove the large plate, though, it is a PIA, and when you go to put it back, the sway bar ends may need to be compressed back to the plate, and those nuts on the blind side are difficult to access with a wrench. Just poke around till you have an angle to hit the inboard CV housing with a long punch and hammer, it'll pop right out of the diff, as you demonstrated. Your DIY approach to what might be daunting repairs to the average owner/shade tree mechanic are wonderful, harkening back to a time in America where pride in ownership meant personally taking care of the vehicle, not merely how great was the MSRP. Good stuff!
50sKid (1 year ago)
Thanks! The sway bar ends are not a problem to reconnect back--not under tension on this particular vehicle when its up in the air, only when it's down. I really could not get the angle any other way without removing the plate.
Harold’s Garage O (2 years ago)
David Westernall (2 years ago)
I do this every day, well not this exact job over and over and don't see many E53s these days but your videos are relaxing and always well done. Obviously you know this but for anyone else, a slide hammer is a much faster way of getting the axle free and saves removing the bottom plate.
gentoolive (2 years ago)
Traded off my 330ci for a Mustang GT, but enjoy all your videos so will stay subbed. Thanks for another great video.
mauler81 (2 years ago)
Great tutorial! I dont have an E53 personally, but your videos are always fun to watch and educational. I like that you really refined your "process" over time, in terms of presenting the material in the best possible manner - from a general overview of the procedure, to explaining all the tools involved to performing the actual repair. Frankly, Im surprised your subscriber base isnt growing faster, every home diy mechanic should get on board!
Tom Klar (2 years ago)
I agree with Mauler, The tool list at the start is great
50sKid (2 years ago)
Thanks very much for watching!
Carl James (2 years ago)
you can do this with out the plate removed just use a long pry bar and feed it through the center hole on the plate, then line the pry bar to the shaft and hit it with a hammer. This took me over an hour to figure out and I was so close to removing the plate also. Nice video tho as always from you :)
Nice & concise, as always. A trick i learned from a mechanic, is: take the center cap off the wheel, loosen the lug nut with the wheels on the ground, same goes for putting it back on. That way you should be able to minimize stressing of suspension/steering/brake components, or your own joints, should the screwdriver decide to take a dive...
Austin Chase (2 years ago)
love your videos Jason always great to see your videos

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