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Old 06-27-2005, 01:30 PM   #1
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Question price for control arm bushing replcaement

Hi yall:

when I brake, I can see my front wheel shift forward alittle, and from what a mechanic tells me, my bushing needs to be changed, have any of you had this done? if so can you tell me a general price so when I go to get it fixed I kind of have a ball park price in mind? thanks. I live in LA culver city by the way, any recommandations on where to go?

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Old 06-27-2005, 02:32 PM   #2
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i replaced the front controll arms and bushings myself.. parts were somewhere around 400.. and took me 2 1/2 hours taking my time..

so i guess a shop would charge you probably 500 for the parts (unless you buy them yourself) and then 2 - 3 hours labor?

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Old 06-27-2005, 03:07 PM   #3
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I got control arms, bushings,endlinks and brake light sensor for 325 that was including Labor .... it literally does pay to know someone whos a Machanic for the Dealership. i try to hook up any e46 member that lives near Rhode Island.
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Old 06-27-2005, 03:20 PM   #4
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My dealer wanted $999.99 for New control arms + bushings. I got it done at my independant shop for $800. Parts were a little over $500.
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Old 06-27-2005, 03:22 PM   #5
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Mine were around $400 for the parts.

I did the install my self. Passenger side is more complicated as the mount in an awkward location below the motor.

If you donít have the removal tool for the passenger side or if you have no patients I would have either someone who has done them before, or have your mechanic take a look.

It's surely not a dealer piece to have replaced unless you like to yell RAPE. Any German Auto repair shop should have no issues with this work, and it will save you tons.

Plan on doing this for the life of your E46. I would recommend the nylon bushing instead of factory as you will get some more life out of them.

Also - there is a helpful DIY out here. It is step by step with pictures for doing this in your garage.
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Old 06-27-2005, 03:25 PM   #6
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My dealer wanted $999.99 for New control arms + bushings. I got it done at my independant shop for $800. Parts were a little over $500.
Stealership told me they wanted 1100 to do it... fortunately, I had bought the car pre-owned with the 100K mile warranty two weeks earlier and caused such a fit they did it free of charge
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Old 06-27-2005, 03:29 PM   #7
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Yea, they claimed $1k + $130 for alignment (which i don't think is required anyway for control arm replacements). So I saved $330+. Used it towards my new wheels from NorthJersey3er
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Old 06-27-2005, 04:12 PM   #8
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If all you are doing is changing the bushings, the bushings with brackets will cost you just over $100 at either autohausaz.com or turner motorsport. I replaced mine last weekend and it took me less than 2 hours. Check the ball joints on your control arms for cracks/leaks in the rubber seals. If there are any, replace both control arms and get new bushings. If you replace the bushings only, you should not need an alignment.
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Old 06-27-2005, 04:48 PM   #9
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the shop told me all I need is bushing, cooL!
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Old 06-27-2005, 05:38 PM   #10
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Seriously Dont Install These Yourself. Someone Did A Dyi And The Pressed The Bushing Out Of The Metal Brackets. The Bushings Come With New Brackets. Parts Are Like 180, Plus 3 Hrs Labor. Come To Crevier Ask For Gary Temel And Tell Him Jeff Sent You.
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if you're in Norcal...and u have extended warranty...

ask for Gene at Fremont BMW and he'll hook you up with a warranty covered replacement!
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Old 06-27-2005, 06:17 PM   #12
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Anybody knows if control arm bushings from the ZHP are the same or different from normal sport package??? Thanks
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Old 06-27-2005, 06:31 PM   #13
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if you're in Norcal...and u have extended warranty...

ask for Gene at Fremont BMW and he'll hook you up with a warranty covered replacement!

darn, i am in Socal
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about $400 for parts and labor from what my mechanic told me...replacing everything too, not bad....
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Old 06-29-2005, 01:37 PM   #15
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about $400 for parts and labor from what my mechanic told me...replacing everything too, not bad....
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In the Bentley manual, it recommends a BMW ball joint tool to remove the control arm. Will a generic ball joint tool or forked pry bar work without tearing up the seal on the ball joint? This site is great!
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In the Bentley manual, it recommends a BMW ball joint tool to remove the control arm. Will a generic ball joint tool or forked pry bar work without tearing up the seal on the ball joint?
Nope!
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Thanks for the response. Should I buy the BMW tool?
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In the Bentley manual, it recommends a BMW ball joint tool to remove the control arm. Will a generic ball joint tool or forked pry bar work without tearing up the seal on the ball joint? This site is great!
Why would you care if you rip the ball joint seal if you are replacing the whole arm with a new one anyway? LCA diy on this site says you just need a pickle fork and a 10lb sledge hammer, then just install the new ones
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