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Old 01-02-2010, 08:40 PM
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fantastic write-up! almost inspired me to attempt this job, myself...almost.

my x5 (2001 4.4, 190k mi) has the same symptoms as described here. i have been talking with an indy tech about changing out the chain, instead of replacing the entire transfer case. he says he'll do it, but if he gets inside the case and there's more damage (bearings, gears, or damage to the case itself caused by the loose chain), he'll still have to replace the case...and charge me for the internal inspection and the Xfer case replacement. so i have decision to make, and am asking for advice. should i risk it, and let him open up the case in the hopes that we can get away with just changing the chain? is there frequently more internal damage when the chain wears out? or should i just bite this bullet, buy a case and have him install it? what are your opinions? upon successful repair, i plan to keep this vehicle at least a couple more years.
Print out this thread and take it to him. If he is hard headed, leave it on the passenger seat in a really obvious place (he'll use it).
Tell him to just change the chain.
And from the post above, you don't have to remove the transfer case either saving you some $$.

Don't see why your case should be any worse than the others on here.
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Excellent thread, thx for sharing it.
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dville the write up and pics are wonderful but as I sit here the 1st of jan 2011 8:00 with a x5 half way torn down i notice that you and others left the write up and pics on how to remove both drive shafts and what wrench/tool needed. I have searched the site and it seems this is vital info need to complete the job....
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dville the write up and pics are wonderful but as I sit here the 1st of jan 2011 8:00 with a x5 half way torn down i notice that you and others left the write up and pics on how to remove both drive shafts and what wrench/tool needed. I have searched the site and it seems this is vital info need to complete the job....

front driveshaft: take of metal plate under engine, remove bolts holding driveshaft to diff. slide forwards.

Rear (from memory): center bearing has to be lowered, then remove hex bolts at rear diff. slide backwards
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Thanks dville , I have a 3.0 and noticed some slight differences between the two. I would like to thank you for your write up it saved me $2500 and thanks to racemalibu for actually taking the time to advise me to fix the transfer case first and for directing me to dville's post!! Your a stand up guy and I will try to send you business!
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:40 PM
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Ive been meaning to post this up but forgot to ... I took your thread and compiled it into a PDF to help when working just print it as a document....so here it is. Thanks for you hard work...looks like when i punch it like you said im starting to hear that clink sound...hmmm how can i post it can i email it to you and you post to to your photobucket or something...let me knw....
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Ive been meaning to post this up but forgot to ... I took your thread and compiled it into a PDF to help when working just print it as a document....so here it is. Thanks for you hard work...looks like when i punch it like you said im starting to hear that clink sound...hmmm how can i post it can i email it to you and you post to to your photobucket or something...let me knw....
Not sure if this site supports PDF, ask admin.
May have to post it to some other public site and link to it from here.
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I also have been posting stuff to other non X5 forums since I have 99 740il (E38) too.
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Dville I have an 1985 745il euro with 115,000miles, it's odd that most ppl didn't think they made a 745 then...
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I know this thread is old but what a awesome write up! I'm gonna be doing this soon and this was exactly what i was looking for...
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