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Old 05-29-2005, 12:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It's about time to replace my rear tires on my 1999 540, and so today in preparation for that I replaced my rear swing arm bushings (ball joints). I am at 113K and the dealer noted back in March that the left rear ball joint was worn.

The "book" on the job is 3 hours per side and it took me every bit of that, but I am slow; I think a competent BMW tech, using a lift, should be able to complete the job in 3 hours for BOTH sides. The local dealer quote of $700 for the job is borderline criminal...

There are many details to the job, but the one essential component was the bushing press tool (multiple BMW part nos), which i purchased from Crevier, about $200 total. The ball joints themselves were found at All OEM autoparts.com for $50 each. So now I have a cool tool and the whole job cost only $300 instead of $700. I may resell the tool as used on eBay since I doubt I'll need it ever again.

Now that it is done, I think the car "feels" a little better on the road, but I am not seeing a "dramatic" difference as some have stated. I'll get more of a chance to road test it tomorrow...
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I have a 1997 528i and need to replace my rear ball joints. Are there any other bushings that should be replaced when doing the rear ball joints? Do you still have your special ball joint tool, will it work on my 1997 528i, and is it for sale?

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