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.
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.
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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