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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 01-16-2010, 11:05 AM   #1
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Exclamation I need help Xi owners CA bushings

I'm changing the control arms ball joints and bushings on my 330Xi. The BJ on this car come separate from the CA. I used the BJ tool and the 3-jaw puller from harbor freight to remove the BJ and the bushing. My question is:
How do I press the bushing back into the CA?

BTW I plan to go pay a mechanic to press in-out the bushings .
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:10 AM   #2
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Yea u grease it and push it back onto the CA
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:14 AM   #3
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Is it that easy, just by hand?
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:18 AM   #4
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Hmm never done it myself but maybe knock it back on with a mullet maybe.. someone correct me if im wrong.

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Old 01-16-2010, 01:10 PM   #5
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Hmm never done it myself but maybe knock it back on with a mullet maybe.. someone correct me if im wrong.

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Old 01-16-2010, 01:28 PM   #6
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Put soapy water on the bushing and press in using
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:03 PM   #7
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Not to steal your thread, OP. But, the dealer says my outer, passenger-side, ball joint on my 2002 330xi needs to be replaced. Do I have to buy the entire new control arm or can I just buy the ball joint??
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:08 PM   #8
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Not to steal your thread, OP. But, the dealer says my outer, passenger-side, ball joint on my 2002 330xi needs to be replaced. Do I have to buy the entire new control arm or can I just buy the ball joint??
yes they are incorporated into the CA. do your bushing and inner ball joints and sway bar endlinks while you are at it.
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yes they are incorporated into the CA. do your bushing and inner ball joints and sway bar endlinks while you are at it.
I was thinking that...

Yea, I figured I might as well do the inner ones too. Should I replace the tire rods as well??
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:13 PM   #10
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Just curious, how did you know they were going bad and needed to be replaced? I think its time for mine, getting a funny, yet ugly sound from the front end. Possible mine need to be changed too, what do mechanics typically charge for this?
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:03 PM   #11
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get a pry bar and pull push the CA side to side, back and forward, you will see a lot of movement. plus mine were torn
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You need to lubricate it with something that dries. I invested in a quart of P-80 Emulsion which is a specific temporary lubricant for assembly of plastic and rubber components. It was about $15 (ebay) for the quart but will probably last me 10 years since so little is needed.

As was mentioned before, many people have had luck with soapy water. Something called "Circolight" is what BMW lists as a temporary rubber lubricant.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:41 PM   #13
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DONE!!! I'm done, I just finished installing the inner ball joints and bushings. i used a 5Lb hammer to make the bushings go in. Does anybody knows what are the torque specs for the inner ball joints? Do they pop as when you take them out?
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