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  1. Premature ABS activation (wheels not locked yet); no error codes on OBD

    Suspension & Braking
    My car's ABS activates itself prematurely even before the wheels actually lock. My mechanic suspects the small wheelside ball joint on my right FCA to be loose... loose enough to cause vibrations to the wheel, which then triggers the ABS. However, I've only changed my FCAs last year (approx...
  2. Any E46 Koch Tools - ALL E36/E46 Balljoint and RTAB toolset

    E46 BMW Tools for sale or rent
    For rent is a Koch Tools BMW E36/E46 Rear suspension bushing remover/installer tool set. Tool flawlessly removes and reinstalls bushings. Owner's manual attached in pdf form. -RTABs -Rear ball joints -FCABs/LCAs $275 core charge for 2 week rental. $220 returned when tool returns in good shape.
  3. "Groaning" Popping sound when turning right

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    So discovered another issue with my 2005 330i recently. I have been working on my rich codes and possible MAF issues, and then this cropped up. When turning right, I can hear a strange 'groaning' sound from what seems to be the front right wheel area. The sound is hard to describe, almost like a...
  4. 325xi front control arm brands

    E46 Xi Forum
    2003 325xi, 150k miles, owned since 94K miles -May have the orignal front control arms -Passenger side ball joint at knuckle definitely shot, I'll be replacing both sides -Any advice on control arm brands? I see some good prices on brands called "Replacement" and "Autotrust", decent proices on...
  5. Please Help!!! Ball joint cutting and pressing failure

    General E46 Forum
    Cant get this out...tried: 1) cutting 2) Autozone press 3) c-clamp 4) drilling out the ball joint 5) hammering it to hell 6) Using PB blaster The eccentric bolt was stuck and we cut it off but still can't get out the ball joint. Update: I finally got it out! I used the tool in the middle...
  6. Time for new control arms?

    Suspension & Braking
    Car is 2001 325i. 2-3 months ago there was a creaking sound when you turned the steering wheel while traveling at a slow speed. there was also a clunking feeling when you hit a bump, also going slowly. i replaced the strut bearings, the sway bar links and sway bar bushings. The creaking went...
  7. Bushings & Ball Joint M3 E46//HELP!!!!!!

    Suspension & Braking
    Hello, I'm a new BMW M3 E46 owner. Have a couple questions for you current owners with experience. My M3 has around 60,000 miles and is in need of rear upper ball joints & trailing arm bushings. Should I do the front as well? The car currently has koni suspension and is lowered. Wanting the...
  8. Is my inner tie-rod bad?

    General E46 Forum
    Gentlemen, I have a bad lower control outer ball joint for the pirate ship creak and some play. I'm wondering if my tie rod assembly should be replaced while I'm doing the control arms, since both require an alignment (plus I think I have some play in the tie rod). Background: 2002...
  9. Lower control arm ball joints replacement

    General E46 Forum
    I have been hearing rubbing noise when rolling at lower speed <2500rpm, the stealer told me it's due to bad lower control arm at passenger side, and as usual, they recommend replacing LCA #1 on both sides, and also the ball joints #4 along with them in below chart...