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Old 10-23-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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What to look for? Front suspension damage

I was involved in a wreck with my 2000 323i and it has only front right end damage. So far I see that the front right control arm is bent and the right tie rod popped out of the ball and joint that connects to the steering gear.

I'm going to replace both the front right tie rod and control arm. My question is when replacing these 2 parts, should I replace the left side too? And what other area of the suspension should I take precautions with; stabilizer, reinforcement bar, etc.?




The read circle indicates where the ball/joint broke
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:40 AM   #2
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:36 AM   #4
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Re: What to look for? Front suspension damage

Hey my car just got hit but on the left hand side :-( I hope it's repairable. I love my car

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Old 11-19-2013, 01:16 PM   #5
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so sad seeing a crashed e46 suspension wise, what you do to one side should be done to the other.

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Old 11-19-2013, 01:38 PM   #6
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so sad seeing a crashed e46 suspension wise, what you do to one side should be done to the other.
^Good advice, especially if the suspension needs a refresh anyway. New FCABs, control arms, and eyeball the ARB to make sure it's the same side to side. Check to make sure your right side strut isn't bent too. If it doesn't align within spec, you'll know that the strut tower and/or subframe got tweaked. That hit looks hard enough to have possibly bent the unit body.
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:48 PM   #7
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To check for bend strut tower the cheap way, you can borrow someones strut bar of their non-m e46 and see if it fits easily to your car.
If it does fit with out issues... holes line up and you do not need to twist it to fit, then you can move on and start relapsing suspension parts. I'd change strut towers and control arms with tie rods and anything else that might have been remotely affected.
Also check frame rails for the damage in the FCAB area for stretching and bending. If my memory serve right, these bolts are designed to snap in case of light accident to prevent frame damage.
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Should they do all this at the BMW authorized collision repair shop?

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If you're going through insurance to fix the damage, then I'd find the best body shop available to have it fixed.
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so sad seeing a crashed e46 suspension wise, what you do to one side should be done to the other.
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Do everything as a pair. Check your sway bar links, those are probably done.
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Hey my car just got hit but on the left hand side :-( I hope it's repairable. I love my car

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Something like that is always repairable. The only question is cost.

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I was involved in a wreck with my 2000 323i and it has only front right end damage. So far I see that the front right control arm is bent and the right tie rod popped out of the ball and joint that connects to the steering gear.

I'm going to replace both the front right tie rod and control arm. My question is when replacing these 2 parts, should I replace the left side too? And what other area of the suspension should I take precautions with; stabilizer, reinforcement bar, etc.?


The read circle indicates where the ball/joint broke
The best thing to do is get under the car and visually inspect. Compare parts to the other side to help see if they are bent.
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