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Old 04-22-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Rattling control arm.... Help!

So I was changing the front brake pads on my 325ci this morning when I found the culprit to the rattling in my suspension. The part of the control arm that connects closest to the wheel is loose. I'm guessing my bushings are bad as they haven't been replaced yet, but I was wondering if I could loosen the nut there and tighten the bolt with an allen head just temporarily until I can afford to replace the control arms, bushings and all..... Any help would be very much appreciated!
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:15 PM   #2
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I am not sure that you can tighten this nut and solve your vibration problem. The nut merely maintains the connection whereas the vibration you are experiencing is normally dampened by the worn out ball bearings in the joint. I am in the exact same situation that you are in dudeck14 and if anyone here thinks I am wrong on this and that tightening the bolt would help please let us know. Sorry I didnt have a more positive opinion for you dudeck14. I am just going to bite the bullet and replace mine if I find a set for a good price I will update.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:26 AM   #3
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I am not sure that you can tighten this nut and solve your vibration problem. The nut merely maintains the connection whereas the vibration you are experiencing is normally dampened by the worn out ball bearings in the joint. I am in the exact same situation that you are in dudeck14 and if anyone here thinks I am wrong on this and that tightening the bolt would help please let us know. Sorry I didnt have a more positive opinion for you dudeck14. I am just going to bite the bullet and replace mine if I find a set for a good price I will update.
I'm pretty sure you are correct. You will have to replace the whole Front Control Arm since the ball joint is connected to the FCA.

Side note: if you use Meyle FCA's they have separate ball joints that you can replace without replacing the whole FCA again.
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