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Old 09-01-2018, 07:11 PM   #1
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Simon's E46 M3 Rear axle & underside rebuild.

Evening All.
The story so far:
My 2001 E46 M3 failed its MOT in December on rusted rear break lines.
I've been wanting to try out my new garage pit so decided to do the work myself.
However, after a good internet read on this forum and watching Reddish Motorsport YouTube videos its ended up being a kind of underside and rear end refurbishment.

I would also say, I'm a little out of my depth doing this. Any constructive help will be apreaciated.

So, Work I've completed so far:

Underside plastic liners removed.
Side skirts removed
Exhaust removed
Diff removed ( found input seal leaking)
Petrol tank drained and removed.
Patches of surface rust wire wheeled and treated with POR15 to the cabin floor.

On todays list was to remove the rear axle and separate all the parts for cleaning and painting.

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Old 09-01-2018, 07:13 PM   #2
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Today's update.

Diff and axle all out. thanks for all the advice from M3Cutters.
Lowered it down as one using 2 jacks. Wasn't that hard in the end. It's a lot easier with help. Got my dad to assist.

Under side of the car looks in good condition for a 17 year old. A few patches of surface rust but nothing to worry about.

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This’ll be fun to watch! Good luck!
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Nice. Is it just a case of releasing the handbreak cables, brake pipers and cables then just undo the various bolts and lower it as one?

I’m starting this on mine in a week or two.
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Nice. Is it just a case of releasing the handbreak cables, brake pipers and cables then just undo the various bolts and lower it as one?

I’m starting this on mine in a week or two.
In short, yes.
However, old car, rusted nut and bolts etc. I've not found it easy if I'm honest.
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Subscribed to this... My M3 is in worst condition than yours i think but nothing major (yet!) just started to get some rust at the sills!

Ive bought my first car back (W reg Polo) and am having a mess around with that i would be to scared to touch the M3!!
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In short, yes.
However, old car, rusted nut and bolts etc. I've not found it easy if I'm honest.
I'll be watching this with interest, least I'm getting some info before I just start taking mine to bits.
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Subscribed to this... My M3 is in worst condition than yours i think but nothing major (yet!) just started to get some rust at the sills!

Ive bought my first car back (W reg Polo) and am having a mess around with that i would be to scared to touch the M3!!
Have you had the sub frame checked and / or repaired?
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Have you had the sub frame checked and / or repaired?
I have pal, I have a really good Indy near me I trust to do everything on the Beamer and they have a look whenever I have work done.. and I have had more wheel bearings than tyres in my 2 years owning so that's pretty regular!
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Watching this for sure.

If you could share a few of the video links you have been watching that would be great. Going to need to reinforce the rear on my compact in the near future.
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