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Old 01-05-2004, 05:26 PM   #1
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How do you know if you need to replace your front control arm brushings?

I recently read the article on the front control arm brushing on the main page of the e46 fanatics. And my car has just about 33k miles on it. I was wondering what are the sign that I need new brushings on the front control arm??
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Old 01-05-2004, 06:04 PM   #2
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also where is the DIY?
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Old 01-06-2004, 02:14 AM   #3
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If you have 33k miles on your car, and they haven't been replaced yet, they need replacing.
To check, I've heard this little test: Park the car with the front wheels straight. Face one of the front tires, grab it at the 11 and 2 o'clock positions, and try to push and pull the wheel. If it moves (if there is "excessive play") they need replacing.
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That is true dboffa I have that same issue thx
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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I recently read the article on the front control arm brushing on the main page of the e46 fanatics. And my car has just about 33k miles on it. I was wondering what are the sign that I need new brushings on the front control arm??
When you can do this with a lug wrench-


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also where is the DIY?
It is not really a DIY job. You at least need to have the car suspended above the ground with enough room get under there and to hammer out stuff from under the car without having the car fall on top of you.

Some folks have done it in a garage or drive way at home using jack ramps and sturdy equipment to keep the car above ground.

IDK...I would not recommend it based on safety concerns alone. Too many people have been killed lately by cars falling on top of them whiles DIYing stuff in the driveway or on the side of a street/highway.
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