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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.
2005 BMW E46 3-Series Control Arm Replacement
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In this video we'll show you how to replace the control arms and bushings
in a BMW E46. This job is also similar to other cars in the 3-series
lineup, including the E36.
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
E36 Front Control Arm Replacement (BMW E46 E30)
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See the layout of the front suspension on the BMW 3-series (and many others
of course) to better plan your control arm replacement. Video lists the
essential tools required.
Other great resources:
- Ball joint to cross member 85 Nm / 62 ft-lb
- Ball joint to steering arm 65 Nm / 48 ft-lb
- Bushing carrier (lollipop) to body 47 Nm / 34 ft-lb
- Sway bar drop link (M8) 42 Nm / 31 ft-lb
- Wheel to hub 100 +-10 Nm / 74 +-7 ft-lb
E36 front suspension familiarization:
The front suspension is designed with minimum positive offset. This
geometry contributes to stability when traction is unequal from side to
side. [...] The control arm mounting points are designed with anti-dive
geometry. The suspension reduces the normal tendency for the front of the
vehicle to dive under hard braking.
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Replacing front control arm bushings on BMW 3 series 84 thru 05 (E30, E36, E46)
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In this DIY and How-To video, we'll outline the procedure for properly
using the control arm bushing remover and installer tool for removing or
installing the front control arm bushings on BMW 3-series models from 1984
One of the most common sources for front-end vibrations on BMWs and MINIs
is worn front control arm bushings. If all other front-end suspension and
steering parts are verified to be in proper functioning condition, it is
likely that the control arm bushings have become soft and are allowing the
suspension control arms to oscillate, causing the vibrations that can be
felt through the chassis and the steering wheel.
Replacing the control arm bushings on the 3-series BMW models from 1984
through 2005 (E30, E36, E46), can be accomplished by most DIYers in just a
couple hours .... If we have the proper tools. In addition the a floor
jack, jack-stands and common metric tools ranging from 16mm through 19mm
(in most cases), we need the control arm bushing removal and installation
In this DIY we will show how to remove and replace the control arm bushings
on the BMW 3-series models as noted above, using the control arm bushing
replacement tool set. Note that we will be installing the pre-assembled
control arm bushing and mount bracket assemblies. This will allow us to
replace the bushings without access to a hydraulic press.
Control arm bushing removal and install tool:
Bentley repair manual; as applicable to BMW or MINI model:
½" drive socket set, to include; 16mm through 19mm sockets (depending on
model), ratchet and extensions.
24mm combination wrench
27mm combination wrench or ½" drive socket
Control arm bushings with mount brackets, as applicable to BMW or MINI
This general outline for 3-series control arm bushing replacement assumes
that the proper Bentley repair manual is at hand.
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.
NOTE: Some models may require removal of splash panels or shields in order
to access the control arm bushing mount brackets.
3) Remove the rear control arm bushing mount bracket by removing the two
bolts securing the bracket to the vehicle. Note the position and overall
relationship of the bracket and how it is mounted to the uni-body frame
rail, for the future re-installation.
4) Use the control arm bushing removal/install tool to remove the bushing
and bracket assembly from the end of the control arm pin.
5) Press the new bushing/mount assembly onto the control arm, using the
bushing removal/install tool. Note that some urethane bushings may not
require a press for this operation. Note that rubber bushings require a
lubricant to allow them to be pressed onto the arm. BMW specifies a
special lube that dries after assembly .... we like to use Silicone spray,
diluted dish soap or hair spray as alternatives. Take note of any alignment
marks, as well as the proper orientation (left / right and front / back) of
the mount bracket. Most of the applications will install with the mounting
arm, on the mount bracket, being parallel and in-line (on the same plane)
with the forward end of the control arm.
6) Install the bolts for the bushing mount bracket and torque to specs
(see the proper Bentley manual).
7) Replace the splash shields and the wheels/tires and torque the lug bolts
to the proper torque spec. Lower the vehicle.
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Replacing Your BMW Valve Cover Gasket
Anthony and Raj taking you through the steps on how to replace a valve
cover gasket on a 2000-2005 E46 Series BMW. If you have any questions,
comments, or suggestions, just leave me a message or comment below.
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BMW 3 Series E46 Front Lower Control Arm, Replacing - How To Replace
In this video, Bentley Publishers senior technical editor Charles Burke and
Chip Meyers from Village European illustrate how to replace the front lower
control arm 2001 - 2005 BMW 3 Series (E46).
For more information on Bentley Publishers line of BMW technical manuals,
HOW TO: BMW E46 M3 Oil Change (2001 to 2006 Model Years)
It's rewarding to do work on your own M3 and Oil Changes are one of the
easiest things you can do. I hope my comprehensive DIY instructions can
give you the confidence needed to do your own oil change.
Feel free to comment below and thumbs up this video so that I know to make
more just like them in the future.
I suggest watching this video at least once before you actually start
changing your oil.
Ramps or Jack/Jackstands & Chock Block
3/8" ratchet with extension
6mm allen/hex socket
Torque wrench (18 ft lbs)
SCOTT Shop Towels
Oil drain pan w/ 7qt minimum capacity
Peake Research R5/FCX3-16 Tool (for oil interval reset)
(6) liters - Castrol TWS 10W-60 Oil (Part #07510009420)
(1) - Mahle Oil Filter Kit (Part #OX187D)
Turner Motorsport does a great job keeping the oil & oil filter prices
cheap. Be sure to check them out when ordering -
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SCOTT Shop Towels can be found at Costco for a reasonable price.
And make sure you hit up http://www.blackstone-labs.com/ if would like to
have your oil professionally tested. You can get a Free Test Kit here -
http://www.blackstone-labs.com/free-test-kits.php (Highly Recommended -
they've done countless tests for me over the years)
Here's my video for resetting the oil service interval -
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ECS Tuning: BMW Automatic Transmission Service DIY
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Over the life of a vehicle, the transmission can often be overlooked when
performing routine maintenance. If left unserviced, the automatic
transmission fluid will break down, causing the valve body and filter to
become contaminated with deposits and sludge. This will lead to poor
shifting, slipping, and ultimately transmission replacement.
This tutorial is provided as a courtesy by ECS Tuning.
Proper service and repair procedures are vital to the safe, reliable
operation of all motor vehicles as well as the personal safety of those
performing the repairs. Standard safety procedures and precautions
(including use of safety goggles and proper tools and equipment) should be
followed at all times to eliminate the possibility of personal injury or
improper service which could damage the vehicle or compromise its safety.
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reliable information, no warranty (express or implied) is made as to its
accuracy or completeness. Neither is any liability assumed for loss or
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direct or indirect, consequential or compensatory, arising out of the use
of this material.
Replace BMW Fuel Filter
http://www.AutoWerksofAmerica.com - Replacing a BMW fuel filter is easily
done with a few simple tools and a little instruction. Some
recommendations: Do this job when the fuel tank is nearly empty and use
some kind of pan to catch the remaining fuel in the filter.
Consider replacing some of the rubber hose and rusty hose clamps when you
perform a BMW fuel filter change.
BMW E36, E46, E39 Belt & Pulley Failure.
This video identifies why and when to replace serpentine belts, idler
pulleys, and tension pulleys on BMW engines, the engine shown in this video
is from a 1995 BMW M3 (S50US)