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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 12-04-2005, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Crashed my bmw e30. help needed please

Hello. I have a question about my e30. A few days ago I lost control of my bmw 318i (1988). Fortunately, I only hit a curb. Unfortunately I hit it twice. First I hit it with a front wheel and then with a back wheel (driver side). The front wheel took all the damage and smashed into pieces. The car did not go anywhere after I crashed it. Later on we found out that the driveshaft at the back is broken.

The problem is this when we put a good wheel on it was in an angle. The question is how I can check what is bent? Will it be ok if I put a new driveshaft in?

If you have any ideas please help. Thank you
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Immediately...I can tell you with 99.9999% certainty for that type of accident that your control arms need to be replaced. The driftshaft should also be replaced...
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Any ideas if body of the car, where control arms are joined could be bent? Because the control arm in 1988 model is massive and looks very strong.
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Control arms will need to be replaced, tie-rods could also be messed up. The sub-frame could be bent and that would need to be re-aligned by a body shop.
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Agreed, head to a local body shop and ask them if they can check total chassis alignment. They may or may not be nice enough to do it for free. Be a nice guy and appeal to whatever it is that seems to make them happy... Just chat them up for a minute, get to know the guys in the shop, and tell them that you really would appreciate a chassis allignment check. Repairing a bent or misalligned subframe won't be cheap, but checking it out (if they don't do it for free) shouldn't cost you more than $200 I wouldn't think.

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yea i nailed a curb in the rain once, and my control arms were off about 5%, and it pulled so bad.

but changing them is kinda a bitch, if you do it yourself and you dont have a hydrolic(sp?) press
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im about to do it myself, with just a floor jack, and no tools. what tools do i need?
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