Maybe control arms/CABs. This thread has comprehensive check list for suspension. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=932561First thing is to install the non threaded end. first use a small pry bar or large flat head to make sure it is all the way pushed on. you will know when u can thread bolt. then screw that end down with thread locker line up threaded end with bolt hole and thread by hand and reverse pry bar and push down untill the bolt will thread. Use the PB to clean and lube threaded end. I just did this on my 99 323i. U cant istall it wrong like they said just use some pressure. My problem is I still have some wonder in steering. What else should i check?
Do you have to take off the engine screening cover and the protective plate or just the screening cover?Great DIY and subing for future reference!
I do have one correction...although it does not directly contribute to the DIY. The picture for the cover under the engine is wrong, that pic is for an aggregate protective plate. The correct cover that is held on by 7 screws is called an Engine Screening Cover.
Important if/when you order a new engine screening cover.
I remember this being a pain in the ass too... I think you just have to jiggle it and pull really hard, maybe use a screwdriver for leverage... I forget exactly what I did but it was nothing special.I'm doing this now but the steering column won't slide up out of the coupler even though it is all the way up (contracted). Is the column suppose to pivot up and down?