Friday, July 15, 2011

BMW e46 lower control arms

The steering on my car has felt kind of loose lately, with a little bit of wandering when trying to hold a straight line. I jacked up the front end and found a ton of wiggle in the wheels. Looking underneath, I could see the looseness was coming from the ball joints in the lower control arms. I found a new pair of control arms and bushings on ebay for $150.

There's a good DIY here if you're interested in seeing a detailed step-by-step. It took me 3 hours to do the first side. I'm guessing an independent shop would have done both sides for around $500 (and double that at the BMW dealer).

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