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Old 03-28-2013, 08:48 AM   #29
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My Ride: 2002 325xi-sport pkg
Several comments: welcome aboard to diy BMW maintenance... the only way most of us can justify owning the brand

1) Problem 2 which you probably solved already: You can remove the passenger side lollipop bolts with a regular wrench... I've done it. just move the heat shield a little out of the way. It takes a little longer, but if you don't have expensive ratchet wrenches you can still get it done

2) Problem 1: Jack up the control arm so the taper of the ball joint re-seats, that usually does it. What you do is always remove the nut so it's loose and barely hanging on to the balljoint so you don't have the issue.

3) lollipop bushings are offset and in the picture above are oriented correctly

just my .02
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