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Old 07-23-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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325xi Control Arm Replacement How To?

I'm in the middle of the job and struggling...
Replacing right control arm, got the ball joint off the wheel hub assembly, unbolted the inner bushing from the subframe, and now I'm stuck on the lower bushing .... the bushing itself is hard to unbolt from the frame since the bolts face upwards and a heat panel limits access, and pulling the control arm out from the bushin seems impossible.

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Old 07-23-2011, 12:26 PM   #2
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Yeah, the Xi's are a tough control arm job. Although it's hard to remove, you can unbolt that heat shield to at least give you a little bit of play. Then you should be able to slip a ratcheting wrench in to loosen them up.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:50 PM   #3
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Thank you Sir!

Took me a while, but I got the control arm out.
Unbolted the heat shield which gave me just enough room to lose the big bolts and get the bushing and arm out.

Now on to the next problem - how the hell do I get the control arm out of the bushing? Or, better question, should I replace the lower bushing and save myself the pain?
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:34 PM   #4
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I would suggest just getting new bushings and brackets. The hard part is done so you might as well do it all at once rather than having to take it all out again someday.
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Depending on how old the bushings are, you'll likely destroy them when you take them off of the control arm. To free the bushing from the control arm, use a 2-jaw puller. You'll most likely want to replace the bushings too. On the Xi's you need to retain the bracket and just buy new bushings. The brackets aren't nearly as cheap as they are for the i/Ci/M so most folks don't buy new ones.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:07 PM   #6
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Cool, thanks all!

New bushings at the local dealer are $90 for the set. Definitely keeping the brackets, brackets are something like an extra $150. Now need to find somebody to press new bushings into my old brackets...
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