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Old 02-22-2010, 02:58 PM   #1
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output shaft seals and shifter bushings.

I have to replace the output shaft seal and shifter bushings on my m3.

After looking at the car when it was on the hoist it seems I have to remove the drive shaft and possibly unbolt the exhaust to have enough access. Any tips before I start getting into this, especially the output shaft seal? I bought the seal from BMW and I will use the pelicanparts shifter bushings kit.

BTW, what do you guys do in terms of jacking points on your e36? Do you make custom plates or do you place your jacks under suspension components, etc?

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Old 02-22-2010, 03:45 PM   #2
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Jeebus due, don't **** yourself up by dropping the car on you! On the e36 you put the jack stands right where the jack pads go, though sometimes it's easier to put the front right behind the LCAB. Here is how I do it:

- lift the whole side of the car by the front jack pad
- place jack stand under rear jack pad
- place jack stand behind LCAB (between the LCAB lollypop mount and the x brace mount)
- repeat on the other side, but be careful as you go up to make sure the jack can roll, or the stands may start tilting.

As for the exhaust and driveshaft, obviously it will make it easier ... I'm think you need to anyway since the heat shield is in the way. I don't know for sure though since on ours race cars, we don't have any of that crap in the way
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:59 PM   #3
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You dont need to take the exhaust or driveshaft off to change the shifter bushings. Just be ready for it to take a long time and there will be lots of swearing lol.

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