A BMW master tech recently examined my car (a freebie event sponsored by the local chapter of the BMW CCA). He noted that my left rear ball joint was worn and needed replacement. He said the right rear was OK and that I only needed to replace the one side - unnecessary to replace in pairs.
My 1999 540/6 is at 110K miles. I'm figuring I ought to just replace both rear ball joints; the ball joint is only about $30 each at the dealer.
Are these babies tough to replace for Joe Average wrench-turner? Any special tools required? Alignment required afterward? Should I do both sides?
PS - After seeing how easy it would be to do and how cheap it was, I ordered my M5 rear sway bar and will be picking it up later this week....
2006 Honda Odyssey EXL-RES
2006 Honda Accord V6 EX-L Sedan
1999 BMW 540i 6-Speed (Sold to M3UOND on 9/21/06)
1991 Honda Civic Si - Occasional Beater