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Old 10-13-2016, 04:47 PM   #1
BobTheBimmer
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Lower control arm bushing

Ive searched a few threads looking for answers and Im sure its out there. I have a 2002 325XI

I am replacing the wishbone/balljoints and bushing. So the new "kit" gives me all the pieces except the bracket that holds the bushing (its just a bear bushing).

Is there a way to seperate the old bushing from the bracket and reuse the bracket. I have a 3-point puller which I have tried and failed.
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:50 AM   #2
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I assume you are talking about what people commonly call the lollipop (kinda looks like one)?

You need a press to remove the old bushing and press in the new one. Some shops can do this pretty cheap. There's a Napa with a machine shop right down the road from me that does jobs like that. I think it was $30 and 1/2 an hour for two. Well worth it IMO. If you don't have a press, call around.

Oh, and if I recall correctly, the bushing is not centered end to end in the carrier, so I would double check the specs to pass on to the shop.
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Old 10-20-2016, 10:22 AM   #3
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Ive searched a few threads looking for answers and Im sure its out there. I have a 2002 325XI

I am replacing the wishbone/balljoints and bushing. So the new "kit" gives me all the pieces except the bracket that holds the bushing (its just a bear bushing).

Is there a way to seperate the old bushing from the bracket and reuse the bracket. I have a 3-point puller which I have tried and failed.
Hey

You could buy a press like rtcoleman said. I bought an 8 ton press that did the trick but it was quite a write off for just doing two fcab's. However I've also had great success with this universal bearing removal kit



I've removed all other bushings in the rear of my e46 with that kit alone. It works like magic. To use the press you need something like this anyway so I'd try that out on its own first and then see if it works.


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