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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 09-25-2004, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

I'm new on here.
Just brought a E30 320i to prep for racing next season. The outer control arm ball joint is shagged and needs replacing. Are these just pressed out or does the whole control arm need replacing? The repair manual I've got isn't that clear.

Also, I'm having trouble removing the front strut top bracket. The nut is recessed and I can't get a ring spanner in there and a socket is no good cos I can't hold the strut tight whilst loosening the nut.

Any ideas?

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Old 09-25-2004, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i believe its just pressed out but its alot easyr to just get a whole new control arm
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i believe its just pressed out but its alot easyr to just get a whole new control arm
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Yeah, it is not worth the time and effort to press the old one out, just get new control arms.
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Old 09-26-2004, 03:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Cool, cheers Guys.
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In UK it might be as parts and taxes are expensive. Ask a local shop how much it will be for labor. VAT's 18%? I don't know how you UK'ers do it. Oh that's right free health care.
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thx for advice Guys.

Any idea of a stockist for the complete control arm?
Do they come with ball joints pre fitted?
And how much should I expect to pay?

And finally, how about the top strut removal? Any ideas?

Thx

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The list price on control arms for an E30 is about $120USD but you can find them cheeper than that, and yes the new arms come with new balljoints already in them. What do you need to take the upper strut off for?
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I'm changing the dampers and springs.

Thx for your help guys.
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Thx for advice Guys.

Any idea of a stockist for the complete control arm?
Do they come with ball joints pre fitted?
And how much should I expect to pay?

And finally, how about the top strut removal? Any ideas?

Thx

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Try an impact...thats how i did mine.
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Old 09-27-2004, 07:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i know its kinda late...but u gotta get a whole new arm..i had same thign happen to me. about 120...yea i know everyone already knows.
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