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Old 05-24-2016, 06:46 AM
midwestbmwguy midwestbmwguy is offline
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control arm bushing/Replace both thrust arm bushings

Went into the dealer this AM and they told me that I need to schedule an appointment for replacing the Control arm bushings and both Thrust arm bushings. Seems like an expensive event. The dealer said it was not covered by the CPO or the BMW CPO wrap platinum extended coverage plan that I have on my car. So this is a wear item?



Perform four wheel alignment (Found control arm bushing(s)
excessively worn/loose) Fail $254.91 See AI-6
Replace both thrust arm bushings (Found control arm bushing(s)
excessively worn/loose) Fail $573.16 See AI-71

Thrust arm bushings, and the ball joints at the hub end of the lower thrust arms, locate
the front wheels fore and aft. Their main job is to transmit braking force to the chassis,
and absorb road impact. The chief symptom associated with looseness in the thrust arm
is shimmy and wheel shake felt through the steering, particularly under braking. If a
worn suspension component is not replaced in a timely manner, your vehicle can become
unsafe to drive.
Significance:
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:55 AM
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I need my thrust arm bushings replaced also. I am hearing the clicking sound when I pull out of driveway or pulling out of parking spaces. I am not getting a feedback as of yet from steering.
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:07 AM
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So does the pricing seem right for the job?
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:04 AM
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You may be able to go to a Indy and have it done cheaper. The bushings are not that expensive, its the labor.
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:30 AM
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I am sure the work needs to be done because I do feel a slight vibration when braking. I questioned the dealer about the extreme cost of the alignment and the working here is what the dealer stated. I question the length of time for the alignment.


Yes it is for both sides of the front suspension and the alignment is due to your model requiring 3 hours to perform the alignment. There is weight added to the vehicle to load the suspension to ensure everything gets into BMW specifications and there are 3 adjustments to make at each corner of the car.
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Old 05-26-2016, 12:16 PM
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I still would consult a Indy that is reputable and works on BMW. Just to compare pricing. My dealership will price match in some cases.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:23 AM
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Just had an alignment done on my car by my Indy. Cost was $120
No issues with any bushings at 53k miles
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Old 05-27-2016, 06:52 PM
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how many miles do you have? I have 135K and haven't had them go yet
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Old 05-28-2016, 02:47 PM
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I need my thrust arm bushings replaced also. I am hearing the clicking sound when I pull out of driveway or pulling out of parking spaces. I am not getting a feedback as of yet from steering.

I have the same clicking noise you speak of. Just had L and R lower arm controls changed. But the noise is only on the right side.

I guess i need to change the bushings now
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:21 PM
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Those are dealer prices for sure. Do yourself a favor and do some quick research on local BMW shops. As an example, there's several reputable shops here in Orlando that quoted me between $99-$139 for the alignment. That extra $100+ is going to towards maintaining those pretty showrooms.
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:25 PM
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I had bmw mechanic put it on the lift and he narrowed it down to the thrust arm bushings. Go to autoanything.com and order the whole piece. The ball joint could go if you just do the bushings.
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:38 PM
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I had bmw mechanic put it on the lift and he narrowed it down to the thrust arm bushings. Go to autoanything.com and order the whole piece. The ball joint could go if you just do the bushings.
do you happen to have the part number?
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:12 AM
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do you happen to have the part number?



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Old 09-26-2016, 05:11 PM
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could it be.

I've been hearing a clicking pulling in and out of my drive way. I have to do a 45 degree turn to do so. Lately seems the right side suspension is a bit more wallowie than the left. Seems to pull to that side a bit too. I think it's more than just an alignment issue. Any thoughs.

I only have 15k miles on the car. But I think it's an M5 and drive the **** out of it. I live in the hills too. Hard braking and off camber turns.
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Old 09-26-2016, 05:48 PM
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Could be your wheel hubs (the clicking noise). I (and others) have had similar issues. Search for Wheel Click.
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Old 09-26-2016, 10:29 PM
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Hi,

just a short hint, If you have to change some controll Arms, than do not buy the parts directly at BMW. Take the Parts from "Lemförder" this is the manufactor from the BMW Parts. Sometimes you will get Lemförder Parts with the scratched out BMW Symbol....
It is upt to 60% cheaper...
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Hi,

just a short hint, If you have to change some controll Arms, than do not buy the parts directly at BMW. Take the Parts from "Lemförder" this is the manufactor from the BMW Parts. Sometimes you will get Lemförder Parts with the scratched out BMW Symbol....
It is upt to 60% cheaper...
Absolutely! +1!

I am looking at changing mine, I have 128K miles now, shaking/wobble under braking felt through the steering and brake pedal, subtle knocking over rough ground from from suspension, and clicking when cornering.

The Lemforder parts are 100% OEM fitment but they seem more expensive here in the UK. Thats my problem though!
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I was going to recommend using lemforder too......

Same part from Bmw parts with only the Bmw logo scratched off......no difference in quality.....

Only scenario where I go to Bmw to have suspension work completed was I used to drive my car hard with lots of miles. They warranty the part and labour for 2 years unlimited mileage.

I broke even the last time when I racked up 75,000km in 1.5 year.....Bmw took care of me no charge when balljoint was loose with a worm bushing....
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