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Old 10-21-2013, 12:43 AM
mchova01 mchova01 is offline
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Help With Rear Suspension Part Identification

Hello All,

I've had my first real issue with my 2007 X3. I went to get into the X3 this morning and I noticed a significant amount of negative camber on the rear passenger wheel. I took a quick look underneath and it is very easy to see what the problem is. There is a bar that's broke in two places.

My problem is I have no idea what this is called. Can anyone help me identify the part? I've attached two pictures.

Thanks,
Mike



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Old 10-21-2013, 12:49 AM
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Looks like the lower wishbone? Part #5 in this diagram

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...00&hg=33&fg=30
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:54 AM
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Looks like the lower wishbone? Part #5 in this diagram

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...00&hg=33&fg=30
That's it, thank you for your help!

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Old 10-21-2013, 12:56 AM
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That's it, thank you for your help!

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Old 10-23-2013, 02:41 AM
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Don't attempt this repair by yourself

Part sourcing -- this will have to come from BMW dealer, used part or online. We have several dealers in the area. My typical low cost dealer quoted me close to $400 for the part and it would take a few days. The typical expensive part dealer had it for less than $200 and I could get it same day.

If you are not in a hurry the part can be sourced for under $50, online but your x3 will be down for over a week until you get the part.

Removal and installation -- it can't be done at home by your self. I got most of the way, but after five hours I realized I was out of arms and eyes. This could probably be completed by two people in under an hour.

Save yourself time and get a second person to help you-- it will save you hours.

One you replace the part, get an alignment done professionally. I'll post a DIY+buddy if there is interest. I hope the break in mine was a one-off.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:24 AM
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:22 PM
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I replaced the part. Why would it not be safe to drive now?
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