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Old 08-01-2019, 10:00 AM   #1
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What is this bushing (its cracked at the bottom as seen called inside the wheel well,

What is this specific bushing inside the wheel well? As seen in the image its cracked, i need to replace my lower control arm bushings as well. Also While accelerating in while in 2nd through 5th gear at about 2,000+rpm i get a bad rumble/thumping to where the car barely accelerates. I've recently replaced the flex disc and center support don't think it would be that again. But it's a similar sound/feeling to when a flex disc and center support give out. This only happens while accelerating in 2nd-5th gear at about 2,000+rpm but 1st i can fully press the gas full acceleration and hit 7,000rpm no problem but once i shift into 2 it starts to thump and shake hard as if the flex disc or center support is worn
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Old 08-01-2019, 10:02 AM   #2
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sway bar-burritos. definitely replace them. if those are that bad, everything is 40x worse. it takes a LOT to get the sway bushings to get that bad. a lot.
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sway bar-burritos. definitely replace them. if those are that bad, everything is 40x worse. it takes a LOT to get the sway bushings to get that bad. a lot.
Yeah.. I've pulled apart numerous beat to hell E46 parts cars... A sway bar bushing split like that is a first.
What I find more interesting is the big gap that has formed on the bracket side.

*edit: Yes, I know they are split like to that to allow instillation. I should have said "squished".

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That's your swaybar ("stabilizer") mount bushing. #2 here:

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What is this bushing (its cracked at the bottom as seen called inside the wheel well,

Isn’t it just installed incorrectly?

There’s a split from the factory that you use to install it. It looks like it just needs to be rotated.


Edit: rotated 90 degrees?

Edit edit: definitely needs to be replaced tho.

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Isn't it just installed incorrectly?

There's a split from the factory that you use to install it. It looks like it just needs to be rotated.


Edit: rotated 90 degrees.

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The install slit is on the bottom of the bushing, it's in the correct orientation in the photo... just mangled.

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you'll also notice a lot of oil soak around that area. oil could've eaten it up.

that e46 needs a butt load of work.
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