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Old 09-03-2021, 10:47 AM
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Another transfer case issue?

2004 x5 3.0 270,000 miles.

Clicking noise from central area of car when moving in parking lots and other low speed conditions when foot off the a gas pedal. Getting worse everyday it seems. Seems worse if on a slight downward incline. Sometimes a slight shudder in entire car on slope. No symptom when going uphill. I'm suspecting transfer case chain. I had replace rear prop shaft assembly about 10,000 miles back. New flex disc on front shaft. I dont think it's that spline issue. I did the quick fix on actuator rotating the white gear 180. Still have the problem. New CV axles in front and one on back. I get the feeling something is going to freeze up. Seems if it was chain it would be on acceleration and going uphill. Any thoughts?

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Old 09-03-2021, 10:54 AM
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Should be x-drive. Pull the fuse for TC to verify front axle/TC related.
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Is that the fuse titled transfer box?
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Hold up.

So I had my girlfriend put the car in reverse and drive while I peered underneath. I realized the sound was coming from further back. So I jacked it up and found it's that damn rear CV joint on prop shaft again. I have replaced it twice. I feel like I must be installing it incorrectly. Going to take it off and see what the bearings look like. I really struggled with the install. I just dread doing it again. So not TC chain. Does anyone else find connecting the drive shaft at rear differential difficult?
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Old 09-04-2021, 01:35 AM
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Never done one but I note that BMW warn against letting the CV joint to drive shaft angle get too large during install - apparently it's very easy to damage the CV joint seals by having too great an angle...



Important!
Do not let propeller shaft fall into joints.
Joints and rubber sleeve on constant-velocity joint can be damaged.
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That's great info. That occurred a few times I'm sure as I installed it. Thanks for your response.
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Where did you get your driveshaft?
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I got this one from car parts .com 7 months ago. The return policy is only 3 months or 15000. I took it off and apart today. There was some grease but not much. It's shot. I'm going to get the next one from Rock Auto I think. They have one for 325 fish and another for 400 and change. This time I will grease it up good. I don't know why I assumed it was pre packed. It would be nice if it had a sticker or something that said. Hey dummy grease me. I hate buying another part for this high mileage x5.
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Ugh. I would recommend a junkyard driveshaft over one of those crap off brand pieces. I think that’s the real root cause of your problem.
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