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Old 04-17-2013, 07:48 PM   #1
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Control arm bushings?

Hey guys, had my oil changed at dealership. I know that is blasphemy, but it only cost $90 and I got a much needed car wash. Anyway, they said both CR bushings are worn out and should be replaced. My question is, should I just replace just the bushings or replace the whole arm, which i believe ,already have the bushing pressed in them?
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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Just the bushings.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:03 PM   #3
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The brackets have the bushings pressed in them... then the brackets are pressed onto the arms. You can't buy the arms with the bushings pre-pressed, you are thinking of the brackets. the brackets PN# 31126783376... get the Meyle ones.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:04 PM   #4
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The bushings at the inner ends of the control arms are removable, the ball joints at the outer ends and in the middle are not.
Generally the bushings wear out faster than the ball joints (my old control arms went through three bushing sets). The bushings are already pressed in metal brackets that are completely separate from the control arms.
Chances are you need to replace just the bushings, but it can't hurt to test the ball joints before doing this - just in case.

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Old 04-17-2013, 09:03 PM   #5
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Thanks guys for the clarification. Follow up question on testing the ball joints. Can you test if with out having go take it of the car? I like to order online and have it ready once I start pulling things off the car?
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:01 PM   #6
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:17 PM   #8
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Depends on the condition of your ball joints. I just replaced my front control arms and fcab's. I used Febi parts
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:03 AM   #9
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I just replaced my left and right front control arm bushings yesterday. You just need the bracket with bushing in it, not the whole arm. Or if you want, just get the bushing, but popping it out and inserting the new one is kinda tough. I'd spend the $10-$20 extra for the bracket with bushing inserted already
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:26 AM   #10
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Just replace the control ARM bushing. Check ball joints to see if they could be bad.

Use 2/3 jaw puller to remove and dishsoap to put them on.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:15 AM   #11
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I have 330i 05, do I have to remove the whole control arm from the car to install new bushings?
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:51 PM   #12
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I have 330i 05, do I have to remove the whole control arm from the car to install new bushings?
No removal of ARM needed. Just pull the old one off and install the new one. Use dishsoap as a lubricant.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:00 PM   #13
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Do a quick search on youtube for E46 bushings and there are plenty of diy videos there. It's a pretty simple procedure especially if you buy the bushing with the carrier on it.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:37 PM   #14
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Control arm bushings?

Just replace bushings with oem


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Old 06-10-2013, 09:43 PM   #15
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Did the bushings this weekend. Hats off to the local guy at Advance Auto. He had this tool kit made to push off the bushing instead of pulling it off. This prevented my from damaging the ball joints on the arm control. The left bushing (driver) was really damaged coated to the right one. Not sure why? Any ways, no more thump when I go over bumps. Good feeling!!!
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Did the bushings this weekend. Hats off to the local guy at Advance Auto. He had this tool kit made to push off the bushing instead of pulling it off. This prevented my from damaging the ball joints on the arm control. The left bushing (driver) was really damaged coated to the right one. Not sure why? Any ways, no more thump when I go over bumps. Good feeling!!!
What is the name of the tool you used?
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:15 PM   #17
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Don't know the name but here is the picture of the case and here it is attached to the left arm control pulling out the inner tubing of what was left of the bushing.
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Nice, thanks for the picture.

I will check with my local Advance to see if they have one.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:52 AM   #19
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Re: Control arm bushings?

Guys...I am about to do this 2. Are the polyurethane bushings worth it? And is 125$ for labor a good price? I dont have a garage so diy is hard for me.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:31 AM   #20
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Not sure about the poly. I got the Meyle HD bushings that came already pressed in the metal bracket. If you have to press them yourself, get the Meyle. Too bad about not having garage, but $125 to install, I think is far. I got my bushings at BMA auto. They good price and usually free shipping. Here is a picture of the old one and the new Meyle. This is the front driver side bushing. It was far worse then the passenger side.
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