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This video explains how you can determine if your BMW E30, E36, or E46 3-series is experiencing control arm bushing failure...
BMW 330i, 325i, e46, Lower Control Arms and Tie Rods How to Change out, Repair
How to remove and replace your steering tie rod(s) and lower control arm(s)
in an e46 BMW Sport. If your BMW's front end is clunking when you hit the
brakes or your car wanders on uneven pavement, it's usually your lower
control arm ball joints (built into the lower control arm) or your control
arm bushing. Under normal driving conditions you should replace the lower
control arm bushing every 60k miles and the entire control arm and bushing
as a set every 120k miles. I also replace the steering tie rods because you
are already in the area and it provides better clearance to remove the
lower control arms. Check your tires because if your front suspension has
degraded, you probably are experiencing uneven wear in the tires. Always
wear safety glasses or goggles and gloves for protection. Always get a
proper alignment soon after this procedure.
After hearing from other BMW owners, the part brand recommended would not
be Deutche Parts, but Lemforder, Meyle, Febi, and maybe Karlyn. The
Lemforder and Meyle are more OEM related and have proven to be superior
BMW Control Arm Bushing Replacement
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This video explains how to replace front control arm bushings on your BMW
E30, E36, or E46 3-series that is experiencing control arm bushing failure.
The vehicle that these are being replaced on is an E46 330ci, but the
procedure is the same for the E30 and E36 3-series. This particular E46
had 62,000 Miles on it at the time of this replacement.
Signs That a Lower Arm Bushing Needs to Be Replaced : Under the Car Repairs
If the lower arm bushing on a car needs replaced, you'll be able to tell
from a few key signs. Learn to identify signs that a lower-arm bushing
needs to be replaced with help from an expert in the automotive industry in
this free video clip.
Expert: Robert Holcomb
Filmmaker: Alan Mack
Series Description: Not every car repair requires you to drop potentially
hundreds of dollars at a mechanic's shop - many you can do yourself, as
long as you have the right tools. Learn about various types of under the
car repairs you can do at home with help from an expert in the automotive
industry in this free video series.
How To Find Suspension Noises 101 - EricTheCarGuy
How To Find Suspension Noises 101 - EricTheCarGuy
This is probably one of the most popular questions that I get so I'm happy
to bring you this one because I know it's going to save me some typing. I
may have missed a couple of things but I believe I've covered the basics on
this one so this video should give you more than enough to start with.
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DIY BMW E46 XI lower control arm and bushing replacement left side
I've looked for videos on the BMW E46 xi series on how to change the
control arm and bushing but haven't found any at all. So I made the first
out of 2 videos on how to change the left and ride side. This video is
about changing the left side. the easiest way would be to remove the
plastic skid pans, remove the tire. there is 2 bolts holding the bushing
on, remove those bolts. then remove the 2 bolts holding the inner tie rod.
once that is done remove the nut on the other ball joint and use a pickle
fork to split it from the strut. ONce that is done it shall fall off. use
a puller to remove the bushing and hopefully you have a hydraulic press to
remove the collar or purchase ones that are ready to bolt in. install the
opposite way you took it off.
BMW E46 330ci Spoiler Install
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This is the installation video that I made of the BMP Design front spoiler
install on a 2002 BMW 330ci
HOW TO: Installing VW Polyurethane Lower Control Arm Bushings without a Press
2003 VW TDI 1.9L Diesel Lower Control Arm Bushings are Hard to line-up, but
with a bolt , some grease and some washers the small one is a breeze. The
larger bushing requires force. I used an anvel with a screw type attached
vise and an 8" block of 2x4 wood. Once again the grease was the key. For
the big bushing you will need helping hands (it is a two person job).
Polyurethane Suspension Bushes - The Good & Bad
A brief look at the design of suspension bushes and pitfalls of cheap and
badly designed bushes. The contrast is the superior design and engineering
of the SuperPro brand.
Replacing 01-05 Honda Civic Front Lower Control Arm Bushings
I discovered my wifes civic had horribly bad lower control arm bushing wore
out and when we hit certain bumbs or turns it would clunk real bad. In this
video i show how to replace these bushings with the performance
replacements by Energy Suspension. The OEM ones are crap, Its money in the
bank to replace them with these and not even look at the stock OEM ones.
They have Red and Black ones.
Part number for red ones: 16.3116r
Part number for black ones: 16.3116g
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In this DIY and How-To video, we'll outline the procedure for control arm
and bushing replacement on an E60, E61 chassis 5-series BMW (3 series
04-10). This procedure can be followed for all 5-series models from 2004
through 2011 (exc 2010 GT), 6-series (E63, 64) 2004 through 2010 (and coupe
through 2013), 7-series (E65, 66) 2001 through 2009 as well as 3-series
06-on (E90, E91, E92. E93 and F30), 5-series 11-on (F07, F10), 6-series
(F12, F13), 7-series (F01, F02), Z4 (E89) and X1, X3, X5 and X6 models
with minor detail differences.
The applicable Bentley repair manual will detail the specific procedures
and torque values for your given BMW model, to include those for the models
and chassis not listed here.
• Upper (thrust/strut) control arm
* New lock-nuts for ball-joint and bushing bolt
* Steering Knuckle Spreader Tool -
• 3/8" drive Torx bit socket set
* 3/8" drive Allen metric bit socket set
* 3/8" drive ratchet and extensions
• 1/2" drive sockets, universal joint, extensions and ratchet, 16mm -
• open-end wrench set, 16mm-21mm
• Various flat-head and phillips screwdrivers
1) Lift and properly support the front of the vehicle, so that the front
wheels are off the ground.
2) Remove the wheel/tire assembly.
3) Remove the under-chassis splash panel(s).
4) Remove the nut on the outer control arm ball joint as follows; Loosen
the nut on the end of the ball joint's through-pin. Once the nut is loose,
the through-pin will rotate with the nut (this is NOT a tapered pin as is
common on earlier designs). Use the applicable Torx or Allen bit, inserted
into the end of the through-pin, to secure the pin and remove the nut.
NOTE: DO NOT use a pickle-fork (or other ball-joint separator tools) to
separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle. The ball-joint through
pin is not tapered and does not require any type of separator tool.
5) Loosen the nut on the through-bolt for the control arm bushing mount.
7) Remove the strut clamp through-bolt and the remaining bolt securing the
swaybar endlink bracket to the steering knuckle. Move the swaybar endlink
8) Use the steering knuckle strut clamp spreader tool to slightly widen
the strut clamp.
9) Pull the steering knuckle assembly down a few inches so that the
control arm ball-joint can be pulled up and out of the steering knuckle
assembly (see step 10 before attempting to pull the ball-joint out).
10) Remove the control arm bushing through-bolt.
11) Remove the control arm ball-joint from the steering knuckle.
12) Install the new control arm by inserting the ball-joint into the
steering knuckle and the bushing up into the mounting bracket. Insert the
13) Push the steering knuckle up to seat the strut fully into the clamping
saddle (a hydraulic jack may be useful to push the steering knuckle
assembly up). Be sure that the strut is properly seated into the clamping
14) Remove the steering knuckle spreader tool.
15) Install the swaybar endlink bracket with the bracket bolt and the
steering knuckle through-bolt. Tighten the bolts to the torque specified
in the Bentley repair manual.
16) Using the Torx or Allen bit and open-end wrench, tighten the ball-joint
hut to the specified torque (Bentley repair manual).
17) Install the control arm bushing through-bolt nut. Do not fully
tighten the nut.
NOTE: The control arm must be positioned at normal ride height before
tightening the control arm bushing through-bolt and nut. This can be
accomplished by carefully (and with extreme caution) jacking under the
control arm ball-joint until the chassis shows signs of lightening on the
jack-stand or by lowering the vehicle onto ramps (so you can still work
under to access the bushing bolt and nut).
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