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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
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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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).
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Strut bearing replacement
Just bought a spring compressor to do this job.
only special tool necessary here and pretty much the same method on all
The diagnosis of bad strut bearings can be done trough several symptoms
-while getting out of a curve difficulty for the steering to come back
-difficulties to turn the steering wheel while parked
-once all front end lifted, difficulty to turn manually the wheels both
-noises from the hood sides compartment while cruising or running on a bump
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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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 -
For everything else, I usually find Amazon.com to be the cheapest (& Tax
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As of 2013, I have since upgraded the Ramps in this video to the following
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The Peake Tool can be had for about the same price that any dealer would
charge you for 1 diagnostic fee. Amazon is usually the cheapest place to
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or Tuner Morotsport when they're running 10% off -
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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BMW e46 Trailing arm removal
BMW e46 Trailing arm removal:
Here is my first video showing how to remove the trailing arm on a BMW e46.
I had the wheelbearing replaced by a friend, but the protector (backing)
plate was damaged - the mounting holes for the parkbrake shoe got flattened
by the press. I tried to get the (very specific) recess into place again,
fitted everything and the brakeshoes came off during the test drive :argh:
I temporarily removed the shoes and continued testing.
I am now awaiting the new plate to arrive and in the mean time removed the
trailing arm for fitment.
The shop can replace the wheel bearing with a sliding hammer, which is
propably less work and there is no need for wheel alinment.
I prefer to have everything checked again.
2015 BMW R1200GS * What Would Steve Jobs Do?
First Ride & Review of the new 2015 BMW R1200GS . It comes in new colors
and has keyless start and shift assist in addition to a heavier crankshaft.
It's all good. Steve Jobs isn't dead, he works at BMW.
DIY: BMW M5 E39 - Clutch Removal & Rear Main Seal Repair
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