Check rods 'n me
Sometimes called the 'door control arm,' it's that thingy that keeps your door from flying too far open and damaging the hinges. Also has two detents so it will stay open for you.
I thank the Gods that this part is the same for driver and passenger doors as I've had to replace 5 or 6 of them at least and the passenger side unit at a boneyard is going to be very close to new compared to the driver's side. Speaking of new, new price is $54 at Pelican.
Thank you Bay Area boneyards and the preponderance off E30s therein.
I have no idea why they go out semi regular for me. It's always a case of one of the two wings that bolt on breaking off. There's not much leeway in mounting, you bolt them on proper and go. Oh well.
I'm on my second door, BTW. You don't want to leave a bad check rod in for long if it starts making noise. After doing that a couple of times with my original door, the sheet metal at the mounting point went south. I bolted and epoxied on some thinnish but stout sheet metal and got another 20 or 30 K out of it but that went south also. Then I saw Pick n Pull had a half price on body parts sale so I found a primo front door and got some supposedly stock BMW silver paint for it put in a spray can but it doesn't match. Oh well. I could always buy a new car.
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