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Old 01-12-2016, 12:02 PM
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Turn the axle 90 degrees and try to re-seat it, if it doesn't seat turn it another 90 degrees, keep turning the axle until you can get it to seat. It will also help if you put some grease at the clip.
Ok, I will give it a try, I was trying to turn it one spline at a time but surely didn't go a full 360, prolly not even a 180...

It should snap in pretty snugly right,,,,,not just "sort of be splined up?"

Also, when are you guys doing the rubber mallet hits? Should he hub already be back in place? Or is it best to just work the cv joint, get it fully seated, and then add the hub?

Right now I but the hub and all linkage on "finger tight" just so I remember were everything goes.

I have done axle services in the past, never had trouble getting them to re-seat...but never did them on a X5 either....
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Been working on mine for the past 8hrs, how the f@$k do you get the new cv axle seated properly??!?



I have broken everything down, tie rod, control arm, ball joint, hub, reassembled everything, broke it all down again, can't get the axle to snap into place arrggg!!



So frustrating!!

I had the exact same problem about 3-4 years ago when I tried this procedure. I ended up taking it to a shop very carefully as it was my wife's daily at the time and I didn't have the time to continue to fiddle with it.

I'd think it was in place but as soon as I drove it I'd get a big "pop/crack" from the axle. Scary sounds.

I did the disassembly procedure to take care of the other axle. Not the "factory" procedure but the one where you remove the shock mounts, rotate and push the axle out with a rented puller.




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I almost tried this '30 minute' boot fix. But after reading this thread about how many users were having difficulty with it I lost my nerve. After seeing how dirt cheap aftermarket axles were at the chain stores, I decided to just replace both axle assemblies. It is now over two months later and so far so good. No vibrations either.

I kept my old axles and will likely reboot them at my leisure in case one of these new axles fail in any way.
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I almost tried this '30 minute' boot fix. But after reading this thread about how many users were having difficulty with it I lost my nerve. After seeing how dirt cheap aftermarket axles were at the chain stores, I decided to just replace both axle assemblies. It is now over two months later and so far so good. No vibrations either.

I kept my old axles and will likely reboot them at my leisure in case one of these new axles fail in any way.
In my case, changing the just the boot was WAY easier than changing the whole axle, as I was unable to remove the CV joint from the hub, but I could (relatively easily) remove the shaft from the joint, while the CV joint was still attached to the hub.

I've done about a dozen CV boots on various cars now and each one has had it's little tricks and problems!
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I almost tried this '30 minute' boot fix. But after reading this thread about how many users were having difficulty with it I lost my nerve. After seeing how dirt cheap aftermarket axles were at the chain stores, I decided to just replace both axle assemblies. It is now over two months later and so far so good. No vibrations either.

I kept my old axles and will likely reboot them at my leisure in case one of these new axles fail in any way.
You can't share your experience of changing the axles without telling me how you got the new axles to slide into place.....😁
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Been working on mine for the past 8hrs, how the f@$k do you get the new cv axle seated properly??!?

I have broken everything down, tie rod, control arm, ball joint, hub, reassembled everything, broke it all down again, can't get the axle to snap into place arrggg!!

So frustrating!!
Are you using the clip that came with the new axle or are you using the old clip? With the clip on the axle, are you able to compress the clip? The clip has to be able to compress a little in order for it to snap into the groove on the diff shaft.
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This is the hardest part, everything else is easy on this approach.
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This is the hardest part, everything else is easy on this approach.
Sorry, was out of town for a while....anyway, are there any tips to getting the ring to collapse?
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Sorry, was out of town for a while....anyway, are there any tips to getting the ring to collapse?
Grease and a little force.

On the outer joint (CV) you can also pinch the clip a little as it enters the CV socket and it pops on in. I don't think you can do this on the inner joint.
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