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Old 06-23-2010, 10:43 PM
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CV BOOT REPLACED IN 30 MINUTES

This is a faster and easier way to replace than doing it by the book . 30 minutes with 2 experienced engineers in no hurry . it may take you longer to set up for diy . you might want to bookmark this page or save to file for future reference . I may keep adding edit though so bookmark anyways for any updates .

you should read the article by hayaku by clicking on articles at the top of the page to get more info on tools and cleaning the cv joint . his procedure is done by the book . EDIT - ok = here is the link http://www.xoutpost.com/articles/x5/...mw-x5-e53.html
the search function at top of page will show other cv boot diy .the last 2 pics on this page are borrowed from a thread by generx . I did not need to use this method .
you should study and understand everything before attempting this job if you do not have mechanical experience .

I shall explain a couple of methods to use , depending on your tool kit .

the standard method involves removing the 36mm -12point collar nut which is very tight . you can carefully remove the bmw centre cap from wheel to access and slightly loosen the nut .
raise both front wheels off ground and secure car with jack stands .
remove wheel .
remove collar nut . some penetrating fluid at this point will help free axle later .
remove brake calliper and secure . do not stress brake hose.
turn steering slightly to turn hub in . this will allow axle removal .
for this part you should place a jack under hub assembly. a qualified assistant would be very useful . remove top nut and bolt from strut and secure abs sensor cable . remove lower nut and bolt from strut . the hub will be free to tilt but keep upright .
you can now fit tool to push axle out or you can use a drift and hammer.
once the axle is loose you can tilt hub to let axle free .
remove the clamp bands from boot .
hold axle shaft , keep pressure on it toward inner boot whilst you hit outer cv joint away from shaft , by now you will realise the need for assistance .
clean cv joint as required .
fit new boot over shaft.
fit new spring clip to shaft. keep the open ends of the clip uppermost so that they remain fully into the groove and this will ensure it fits easier into the cv joint .
fit cv joint
grease up and and clamp boot .
reassemble .clean any grease from brake disc using brake cleaner or solvent .

If you can not remove the axle collar nut you may be able to separate the shaft from cv joint by pushing on the shaft toward inner boot whilst pulling on the hub .pic 6 shows the shaft with cv joint removed .

THIS IS ANOTHER METHOD OF REMOVING AXLE SHAFT .SHOWN ON THE LAST 2 PICS . YOU STILL NEED TO REMOVE BRAKE CALLIPER AND STRUT BOLTS .
if you can not remove axle nut you can leave it on and remove the inner cv joint . once you remove the large clamp band the joint will pull out of cup easily . remove circlip . remove triple roller bearing . remove boot . you can then remove and replace the outer boot by sliding it along the shaft . or remove shaft leaving outer cv joint in hub if you need to clean it .
last 2 pics with captions borrowed from generx to show inner cv joint.


bmw tech killcrap says you can remove bolt from lower control arm to allow axle removal instead of removing calliper and strut bolts . I don`t know , never tried it .

Adding this information to this post . Easiest way to do the job .
Originally Posted by dville View Post
Everyone explains things slightly different, and some people pick a little from each one.

If I had to do it again.

No need to remove anything except the wheel.

Try doing the OUTER boot first, using clamps, or quick blows, then if no go, don't waste any more time like I did.

To save the hassle I went though.
1) Buy INNER and OUTER boots and $8 CV boot clamp from Advanced Auto Parts
2) Jack up front
3) Unbolt the straight control arm at the engine side
4) remove inner and outer boot clamp, hold rotor and pull outwards,
5) remove the C clip from the inner bearings (3 wheeled thing)
6) tap or pull the inner bearing off
7) remove and replace both inner and outer boots and clamps
8) tap back on inner bearing, reinstall C clip
9) Fit inner joint back into the cup, tighten all 4 inner and outer CV clamps,
10) reinstall control arm but only tighten fully with front wheels on the ground.
11) Put wheels back on.
DONE
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Last edited by amacman; 08-12-2014 at 11:06 AM. Reason: new information
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This is the easiest way to replace the cv boot. My shop only charged me $80 for labor. The cv boot costs $10 and total was $90.
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just replaced cd boot and this method is great

I followed this method and removed the two strut bolts to swing down the carrier to pull out the shaft.

The hardest part for me was pounding the axle out of the carrier. I had to use a 10lb sledgehammer and a 3/4" diameter brass drift.

I did use a impact wrench to remove the 36mm nut.

One note. As you are putting the cv joint back onto the shaft you need to use a screwdriver to push the c clip down so the cv joint can slip back onto the axle.

It took me a total of about 2.5 hours from start to finish.
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:59 PM
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Pictures are great!!! Too bad there is no video of this repair.
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:19 PM
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OK so if I am trying to remove the passenger front, which way do I have to turn the wheel to assist with removing of the axle from the knuckle?

I can't believe you don't even have to remove the rotors in this method. Seems so much simpler.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:59 PM
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OK so if I am trying to remove the passenger front, which way do I have to turn the wheel to assist with removing of the axle from the knuckle?

I can't believe you don't even have to remove the rotors in this method. Seems so much simpler.
I assume your car is left hand drive so passenger side is on the right of car .
the pictures show right side cv boot replacement with steering turned slight left .
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Any more tips?

Last weekend while replacing my brakes i noticed the outer boot on the passenger side of my X was torn. I called the shop i take it to when i feel something is too great for me to handle and they quoted me $350 to do this. If i could find one to do it for $90 bucks i would take it there in a heartbeat. I am in Columbia SC if anyone can offer any advice or assistants, let me know via private message. Thanks.
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Source for grease if you happen to get a boot kit without grease packet.

Inner - tripod joint - 200g of grease needed - Pegasus - GKN Tripod Joint Grease, 275 Gram Tube
Outer - CV (lobro) joint - 120g of grease needed - Pegasus - GKN CV Joint Grease, 275 Gram Tube
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As a side note

I have called a couple of more places today and both said they wouldnt re-boot the CV joint, the would only replace the half shaft. Said i would be back getting it replaced anyway. anybody have a problem with just replacing the boot???
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I have called a couple of more places today and both said they wouldnt re-boot the CV joint, the would only replace the half shaft. Said i would be back getting it replaced anyway. anybody have a problem with just replacing the boot???

you should be ok to replace boots only ....unless the boot was torn for a long time and dirt got inside the cv joint.
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