You will need a puller and a press, in addition you need to be precise
in the installation of the new bush as the position of it governs your
steering geometry. If you could just pull them off with soapy water
you can imagine that the normal forces of driving the car in terms of
braking and cornering would result in a far-from-precise drive.
You also need to get the wishbone off which is no mean feat in itself
for the DIYer (although I am sure there are plenty of people who would
like to say it isn't!).
I had the same idea as you, but decided that it was far more cost
effective to take it to a BMW specialist.
Good luck if you decide to try it. Do you have a Bentley? Email me if
not and I will "describe" the process.
Not so. I have personally done this. From your post, it appears that
you have not. Special tools are _not_ required to remove or replace the
rear bush (which comes as an assembly with its mount) for an E46 front
lower control arm.
The wishbone is retained by the outer ball joint, removed in the usual
way, and by a stud extending from the inner ball joint through the
crossmember, topped by a nut, which is removed with a wrench (bottom)
and hex socket (top). The latter is a pain in the neck, which neither
the TIS nor--I just looked--the Bentley book tells you.
The rear bush is retained by two easily-accessible bolts and is clearly
illustrated in both. The wishbone slides in and out of the bush without
much muscle and it's a snap to replace it.
An excellent picture is available at
However, do NOT underestimate the complexity of the job from the
picture. The driver's side (USA) nut and stud are particularly
difficult to reach. The rear bushing/mount assembly in the picture is
Now I thought these things were interference fit, and you needed to get them
off and a press to remove (relatively easy - just put a large socket in the
way) and reinstall (much harder).
Yes, you are one up on me here, and you are right about the nut and
stud (that is as far as I got). I did however try and remove the bush
in situ, i.e undo the two bolts holding it to the chassis and to
withdraw it, however mine was solid on the wishbone.
Actually, I've got a puller for removal job (yes, I mean the bush at the
rear end of the wishbone), so it shouldn't be a problem. Thanks JRE
because I wondered if it's possible for me to fit in the new bush in in-situ
without removing the whole arm off.
I've got TIS & Bentley's and I'll let you know after the job done (probably
after new year)
On 12/17/06 10:40 PM, in article KHjhh.45$ firstname.lastname@example.org, "JRE"
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