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CV drive axle won't seat into hub flange

On my 2002 BMW X5, I just replaced the rear wheel bearing and wheel hub (drive flange).

I'm having difficulty seating the CV drive axle back into the wheel hub, so I can get the 36mm nut back on. Is there a special tool required to press the drive axle back in?

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  • paquetk Sep 30, 2009

    The shaft is straight and already seated about 0.75 inch, it's the last 0.5 inch that won't seat.

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No special tool required the shaft must be completely straight and the splines lined up for it to go in

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

  • Eliezer Miller Sep 30, 2009

    as far as I know there is no special tool you just going to have to use some brute force on this one try turning and moving it up and down

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