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Old 04-20-2013, 07:32 AM
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Have an 89 535i and the control arm wont tighten. the bearing just turns. Whats the easiest way to get it to the recommended torque?

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Old 04-20-2013, 05:27 PM
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Have an 89 535i and the control arm wont tighten. the bearing just turns. Whats the easiest way to get it to the recommended torque?

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Put a wrench on the other end so the bolt doesn't spin

Problem is, we have no idea which bolt on which control arm you are talking about...
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:50 PM
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lower control arm. The bolt faces up and the control arm doesnt have anything to keep the ball joint from turning like the swaybar linkages do. Ill try putting a jack under it. Ive been told to try that

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Old 04-20-2013, 05:59 PM
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I've done the upper and lower control arms on a 1994 525i and had to use a "pickle fork" and a 3 lb. sledge hammer to get the ball joint out..
The ball joint is wedged in and difficult to remove.
If the front ends are the same, I would say that you ball joint is loose and you must find a way to keep it from
spinning. Perhaps a vice grip or pipe wrench.
I also used blaster to loosen the nuts.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:36 PM
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.... Ill try putting a jack under it. Ive been told to try that

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This ^. I've seen this technique work. Just use a peice of 2x4 between the jack and ball joint.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:49 AM
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the arm isnt seated properly. It needs to be pressed in (not like a bearing is pressed in, i mean pushed into the slot), the same thing that makes them so hard to remove. I would c-clamp it in and then it should be "seated" enough to stop spinning.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:48 PM
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yep done this yesterday, and about to go and finish other side of the car after checking up here if you still have the strut bolted to the carrier bracket, a jack underneath will work. if you are meaning the front arms, you need to remove the sturt so the jack trick won't work, you need to use a C clamp or vise grips
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:16 PM
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I must have misread the thread and thought that you could not get the ball joint loose. I used a pickle fork for that.
I did learn a trick for "pressing" the ball joint in.
Use a 17 inch channel lock. They are big and will open enough to get on top and bottom.
Use a clamp on the ends of the channel lock handles to squeeze the tapered ball join into place.
It is important to weight the vehicle properly when you tighten on the font end.
More important for the upper arms I believe.
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