BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Replacing Front Axle Carrier

WARNING: Danger to life! Mount securing fixture for vehicle on lifting platform to prevent the vehicle from slipping off or tilting down.

Secure engine in installation position to prevent it from falling down.

Necessary preliminary tasks:

Remove both engine mounts from front axle carrier.

Take front axle carrier down and set down on a suitable surface.

Installation:

Use previous front axle carrier as a template for modifying or replacing small parts.

Front Axle
Fig. 19: Identifying Front Axle Carrier

After installation:

LOWERING/RAISING FRONT AXLE CARRIER (SPECIAL TOOL SWZ00-2040)

Special tools required:

WARNING: Danger to life! Mount securing fixture for vehicle on lifting platform to prevent the vehicle from slipping off or tilting down.

Secure engine in installation position to prevent it from falling down.

Necessary preliminary tasks:

IMPORTANT: Use special tool to avoid preliminary damage to ball joint in upper control arm and the necessary removal of the swivel bearing.

Press plug on left and right out of spring strut dome.

Secure swivel bearing (1) on left and right with special tool 31 4 170 in installation position.

Front Axle
Fig. 20: Identifying Swivel Bearing And Special Tool (31 4 170)

Remove underbody protection.

Remove steering gear cover at top left and right.

Remove reinforcement plate.

Remove lower control arm from spring strut holder.

Version with active steering:

Disconnect plug connection (1) and unclip line (2) from front axle carrier.

Front Axle
Fig. 21: Identifying Plug Connection And Unclip Line

Release nuts and remove screws (1) towards bottom.

Tie up power steering gear (2).

Installation:

Replace screws and nuts.

Tightening torque.

Front Axle
Fig. 22: Identifying Power Steering Gear And Screws

If necessary, position special tool 00 2 040 with a 2nd person helping on workshop jack 00 2 030.

Insert special tools 31 4 051 and 31 4 100 into corresponding mountings of special tool 00 2 040.

Lower special tool 33 3 274.

Front Axle
Fig. 23: Identifying Special Tool (00 2 040) (00 2 030)

NOTE: The jacking points on the left side are shown.

Align special tools 31 4 051 and 31 4 100 to front axle carrier.

Support front axle carrier by operating workshop jack 00 2 030.

Front Axle
Fig. 24: Identifying Special Tool (31 4 051) (31 4100)

Release screws (1, 2).

Installation:

Check threads for damage; if necessary, repair with Heli-coil thread inserts.

Tighten down first screws (1) and then screws (2).

Tightening torque.

Front Axle
Fig. 25: Identifying Screws

IMPORTANT: Risk of damage!

Follow operations must be carried out during lowering:

Lower front axle carrier.

After installation:

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