BMW X5 2000-05

Axle Assembly

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Removal & Installation



  1. Remove the rear driveshaft from the rear differential.
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  3. Remove the axle shafts from the differential. For additional information, refer to the following procedure in this section: -Axle Shaft, Bearing & Seal, Removal & Installation-.
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  5. Support the rear axle housing center with a suitable jack and Special Tool 33-4-420.

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    Fig. Support the differential with a jack and Tool 33-4-420. Take care not to damage the dust plates (1)

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  7. Remove the heat shield.
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  9. Remove the front axle housing center mounting bolts.
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  11. Remove the rear mounting nut and pull the bolt towards the rear.
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  13. Remove the vent line and slowly lower the axle housing.
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To install:

  1. Raise the axle housing into position.
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  3. Insert the front mounting bolts, but do not tighten.
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  5. Insert the rear bolt and nut, but do not tighten.
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  7. Remove the support jack.
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  9. Tighten the front bolts to 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm).
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  11. Tighten the rear bolts to 122 ft. lbs. (165 Nm).
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  13. The remainder of the installation is the reverse order of removal.
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