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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 07-05-2005, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm an idiot and have been chasing this "popping" noise around the front end of my 89 325i. It "pops" turning corners and going over little bumps in the road. Kind of sounds like something is just loose, so I've been under there tightening everything but the sound wasn't going away. So today I took off the passenger side tire and then took off the bracket to, what I think is called, the sway bar. You know that bar that is hooked to the control arm on both front tires. Anyways now I can't the dadgumed bracket back on. I don't mean the part that actualy connects it to the control arm-I'm talking about the peice that holds the "sway bar bushing" and holds the bar to the frame of the car. You have to "tuck" one side of the bracket in a slot and then screw down the other end, but the pressure is too much and I can't get it back in there....

is there a special way of getting this s.o.b. back on there?

(from now on this mechanic work will be left for the shop to do....not me....)
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Is your car on jacks or resting on the ground? When I replaced my sway bar links I had the car on the ground and the just bolted right in. Sometimes you have to adjust the sway bar link so it's flush with the sway bar. Hope this helps if any?!?!?
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it's on jacks...I'll try putting the tire back on and then setting her on the ground. I'm not sure if I'll be able to fit under it like that though...
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it's on jacks...I'll try putting the tire back on and then setting her on the ground. I'm not sure if I'll be able to fit under it like that though...
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you can leave it on jacks and just jack up the controll arm and then bolt it on.... saves you time and getting under the car when its on the ground.
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