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Control arm bushings

04-02-2008, 09:00 AM

I have a 1998 M3 convertible. The Bentley manual seems to imply that the M3 front control arm bushings are not replaceable as they are on non-M3 E36s. Does this mean that the control arm bracket and bushing must be replaced as a unit?

I looked at a few BMW supply web sites and it looks like it is possible to just buy the bushings.

What do you folks do when the bushings are gone?

Thank you,


04-02-2008, 11:49 AM
The bushings are replaceable, the ball joints are not.

04-02-2008, 11:54 AM

That is what I thought.


04-03-2008, 12:41 AM
But you need a special tool to remove the bushing of the end of the control arm, its not as easy as it looks, its very decieving. The tool is about $50 from bimmertools, and it makes the job fairly simple.

Good luck.

04-12-2008, 09:01 AM
Not true. We have removed many bushings without the tool. But the tool is easier.

And the trick to installing the bushings is a drop or two of Dawn. We tried lots of things, but Dawn works the best.