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Originally Posted by cub_fever
I have a 2001 330xi, and the other day i replaced the thermostat on the car. While underneath the car, i noticed a lot of grease around the front passenger side axle by the cv boot. This usually means a tear or leak or something in the boot. I didn't see anything and while I had the car at BMW to get the wheels aligned I had them look at it and see what they thought. They think it might be a seal or something in there. I do a lot of maintenance myself on my cars, but i have never dealt with axles before and cv boots. They wanted to the work of course, and of course it was like $400 Is this an easy job to do? I was looking online for boot sets and they are like $60-$70, a significant savings.
Also, they noticed a lot of coolant laying on the splash guard. I had just done a coolant change because i replaced the thermostat in the car so i didn't think anything of it. When the mechanic saw this, he did a pressure test and the radiator wasn't holding pressure, but he didn't see any leaks. Maybe something isn't tightened all the way? Any ideas?
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