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  1. E46 General
    hi everyone, i bought a 330CI, i need to replace the control arms for the front two wheels. went to a mechanic said itd cost bout $1300. is that a fair price? and is it possible to diy?
  2. E46 General
    '01 330ci vert with 62k on the clock. The bushings are clearly shot which is no surprise at all. I can shake the front wheel back and forth when grabbing it at 3 and 9 o'clock. I'm wondering if I should do the front control arms entirely or just do the bushings. When I put a screwdriver between...
  3. Suspension, Brakes
    Just installed kw V1 coilovers and new controls arms on my 02 325Ci. Dropped the car to lowest kw allowance in the instillation manual which is about 12 1/2 inches from center of wheel to fender contact. So it’s by no means slammed, just a sport type set up. I haven’t aligned it yet but on my...
  4. E46 General
    hello. i am new to this site. it is my first post. i apologize if i could have found this answer somewhere on the site already. i dont really know how to navigate the site yet. anyway. is it a good idea to get a grease gun and needle, puncture the boot around the ball joints and fill them with...
  5. E46 General
    Hey guys, for the last year I've been trying to get help on here figuring out my control arm issue. The problem is (see photo) that after replacing them a couple years ago, the student mechanic wasn't able to get the driver side control arm fully into the pushing. The problem is, unlike the...
  6. E46 General
    Not typical for me to post a thread over something like this, but I've run into an issue today while getting tires installed on my '02 330Ci. Went to a Firestone here in Tucson to get my new front Firehawk Indy 500's. Get back to the shop, manager tells me the tires are installed and the car is...
  7. Suspension, Brakes
    I have a 2001 BMW 330CI and I am currently replacing the front right control arm along with brakes and rotors. I got it almost all the way off, I got all the hard stuff done, but I noticed this extra piece connected to the control arm? I noticed it and took off the little nut but I have no idea...
  8. Suspension, Brakes
    Now it was an absolute bitch to remove one of these control arms but with much convincing ( hammer down ), I was able to free up the right side and replace it. However, on the left side the middle nut broke free but now after a couple turns starts to move the ball joint bolt with the nut on it...
  9. Suspension, Brakes
    Hey fanatics! So i noticed when changing my breaks that my driver side control arm is able to jiggle when the right side cannot. I am going to replace but was curious on What brands are good for control arms , Does the brand really matter and Do i have to replace in pairs or can i just replace...
  10. E46 Showroom
    So I've gone and bought a 16 year old German luxury sports coupé (mileage unknown) for 5% of her original price. No way she wasn't going to need some TLC... We failed inspection on the following points: battery not securely fastened excessive play left front ball joint worn tire left rear...
  11. Suspension, Brakes
    So, last year I replaced both of my control arms and everything was fine - great handling and no problems at all. However five months ago when I bought new tires I went to the dealership for an alignment they told me one of the ball joints had "excessive play in it." Figuring that I had...
  12. E46 General
    Hi all, Making this post for a buddy of mine too lazy to make an account. He drives an '04 330i, has 105k on it if I remember correctly. Today he called me freaking out, explaining that his car was making a violent clanking, banging noise and vibrations -- to the point that he felt unsafe...
  13. E46 XI
    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...
  14. E46 General
    Hey I have looked at a few posts here and on other forums regarding this but I would like more opinions on this. I have an issue with steering in the 60-80 kph zone (35-50 mph zone). The wheel starts to wobble and shake a bit. I have had the wheels balanced and aligned and the problem still...
  15. E46 General
    I have play in my Control Arm Bushings and the steering wheel has slight vibration at high speeds. Could this be causing the slight vibration. Just changed front rotors, both control arms and drive axle.
  16. E46 General
    There are lots of DIY for control arm bushing replacement. There are two tricky parts to the job: get the old bushing off and getting the new one on. To get it off I used a knife to cut the rubber and took off the outer metal sleeve, then I used a gear puller to pull off the remaining plastic...
  17. E46 General
    Hello ladies and gentlemen I am looking to replace my control arms in my e46 Does anyone have experience with the bavarian autosport brand control arms? they are $290 for the kit (5153345 KIT) that comes with bushings. Are they any good? Who makes them? I am also considering the meyle...
  18. Suspension, Brakes
    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...
  19. E46 General
    So literally about an hour and a half ago I was pulling into my neighborhood when a cat decided to sprint in front of me and since it was raining earlier I hydroplaned and my rear left driver wheel hit the curb... hard. I walked out of the car to look at the damage and yep it seems like the...
  20. E46 General
    I need help removing a bolt for the control arm. I cant figure out how to get to it? :hmm:The Bolt is #7 in the diagram. The other pic is the joint it holds in? i cant find a way to get a wrench or anything in there to get it out. Do i need to remove anything? Need Help!
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