3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
Originally posted by RobyCi@Mar 1 2004, 10:51 AM Someone has had some problems about E46 front control arm?
No problems per se, though my control arm bushing had finally worn out at 95k miles in my '99 323i Sport 5-spd. The stock rubber bushings have been known to wear in as little as 30k miles(I bought my whip at 54k miles last year, so they were probably changed before) , so I replaced them with polyurethane bushings from Bimmerworld. Much tighter steering now, at the expense of slightly hight road noise (nothing too major, though). Very, very nice...I highly recommend them.
my dad just had his control arms and CA bushings replaced at 19k miles in his 2002 330ci. he bought it at 9k miles and the dealer said the front took a huge shock from the previous owner but no body work had been done, so that's probably why they went so early
I have a 2000 323i and have had my brakes and rotors replaced and my steering wheel still shakes when trying to brake at high speeds. I have tried explaining this to several people and they still keep telling me it's my rotors. So now I finally have a clue as to what it could be after looking here. What exactly are the contol arms and bushes? I told the serviceman at BMW about this and he also mention some rubber part might need to be replaced because it could be worn, is this the bushes? ghead
Control arms are the components with boomerang design.
The blue round component is one of two bushes.
You can see the control arm is fixed in.
If your steering wheel still shakes when trying to brake at high speeds,
probably you must replace bushes. Try PowerFlex bushes.
PowerFlex bushes uses the huretane material that is very hard.
Originale bushes uses a very soft rubber.
Originally posted by ss3964spd@Mar 5 2004, 11:27 AM I can understand why the bushings may need to be replaced, but why would the control arms need replacing?
actually the control arms usually dont need to be replaced, the ball joints do. if all 4 ball joints were shot, at around $40 a piece it would cost almost as much as just buying a new control arm (about $90 a piece)
I have not found a place that sells the ball joints without the control arm. I have a bad outer ball joint now and would like to replace just the joint if I can. If you know of a place that sells the ball joint only for an e46 please let me know. Currently control arms for the e46 run about $110 each.
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Originally posted by Mach 5@Mar 5 2004, 04:44 PM I have not found a place that sells the ball joints without the control arm. I have a bad outer ball joint now and would like to replace just the joint if I can. If you know of a place that sells the ball joint only for an e46 please let me know. Currently control arms for the e46 run about $110 each.
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