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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:28 PM
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Unhappy lower control arm

my boyfriend is trying to replace the lower control arm on my 1997 318 i, and he can not get the lower ball joint on the control arm off the car, the bolt just keeps spinning.

Can anyone suggest how to get it off?
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Old 04-04-2015, 05:17 PM
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Tell him to jack up against the joint until he has some pretty good pressure against it. He should be able to take the nut off then.

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Old 04-04-2015, 05:33 PM
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Tell him to jack up against the joint until he has some pretty good pressure against it. He should be able to take the nut off then.
nail on head. the weight of the car against the ball joint will stop it from spinning.
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:13 PM
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lower control arm

Yup, when I did mine I had the same issue. That is exactly how I did it. Make sure you replace the rubber bushings that mount in the little rings on/under the firewall. The solid performance ones will really change the way it feels/handles in a major way. Also if the car is to the point that you need to replace the control arms, you better pull the carpet in the trunk and have a look at the rear shock mounts. I would put money on the chance that they are blown out.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:58 PM
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Thanks for all your help!!
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Old 04-05-2015, 01:14 PM
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