Ok I took my 328i 1998 E36 in to get alignment they said I needed new Control
Arm Bushing. They said they would get them from the dealer for $68 I said no
becasue I found them at $15 a piece. I paid for the aligment all four wheels
$99.95 they said the labor to replace the Control Arm Bushing would be $225...
That would includ the secound front end alignment, is this to much? Should I
do it my self and just pay for the front end alignment? ($45), or is it
You really want to get some Lemforder ones or you'll be doing it again
every year or so. They can be bought for 22.18 a pair here:
Once you get the bushings off the control arms (you'll need a puller of
some sort to do that) you will then have to bring them somewhere to get
someone to press the old bushings out and new bushings into the brackets
with a big hydraulic press. Not a job for the home hack mechanic. Then
you will have to get the front end aligned (again) with the new bushings
But I really don't understand why you paid them to do the alignment if
the bushings were going to be replaced and you'll have to do it again.
There is a spec based on the clearance in the rubber part, and you can
pursue that if you are a a perfectionist, but I would probably wait
until the control arms, which contain the ball joints, need replacing,
and do them together.
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