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Old 10-06-2012, 08:11 PM
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Removing rear control arms/camber arms

Need some help! I'm in the process of removing my rear control arms on my e36. The top bolt is hitting the diff and won't fully come out. My questions are; do I have to remove the diff to get this bolt out? Can I just lower the diff to get enough clearance? If I can get by, from just lowering the diff. Do I have to remove it from the drive shaft or can I just remove the 3 bolts that hold the diff in place???
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Just take the diff mounting bolts out of the carrier but don't take the diff out, You can then slide it around enough for the bolts to clear. Be careful putting the diff bolts back it. They are VERY easy to cross-thread.
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So leave it connected to the drive shaft, but, remove the 3 bolts holding it up?
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Just removed my control arm, had to remove the diff bolts and with a bit of a wriggle it came out. Going to replace it tomorrow hopefully without stress and advice tips or tricks would be appreciated.
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I just took my old ones out today too. Started to put my new ones, but, got called in to work. . If you've already got the bolts out. There's not much more advice you need. The only thing I could suggest would be, to check the bushings on the diff, lower control arm bushing and trailer arms. Of course, after you install the new arms, go get an alignment.
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