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Old 06-05-2019, 08:38 AM
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Front Suspension Wear

My wife's F02 is in need of thrust bushings. It currently has a little less than 75k mi on it.

On higher-mileage vehicles I've had in the past (mostly pickups), when one part of the front-end wore out, I would always replace all 4 ball-joints and sometimes all bushings as well (they typically wore out around the same time).

Does it make sense to do the same here? I'm looking at roughly $260 for Lemforder arms to replace just bushings/arms, vs a little over $1,200 to replace upper and lower control arms, sway bar links, ball joints, tension struts, etc... I don't mind replacing all of it if all of those parts are likely to wear out around the same time, but if the thrust bushing typically has a much shorter life than the rest of the front end parts then I'll save the grand until it's needed.

I figure the labor isn't THAT much different, and I'd need an alignment either way.

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Old 06-05-2019, 08:49 AM
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My Car, with 113,000 miles, is having both lower control arms replaced in two weeks because the bushings are torn. My independent mechanic is charging me $600 parts/labor for the job. Everything else checked out tight in the front end so I am not going to replace anything else. I only plan to keep this car another 12-18 months.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:49 AM
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Thanks.

Anyone know where to find torque specs for the front end parts? Seems BMW is against allowing DIY access to shop manuals.
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:47 AM
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Here is a link to the NewTis website, all of the repair info for your car will be there. The control arms take around 30 minutes a side to change, at around 120.00 each for the Lemforder control arm.

https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/

https://www.rmeuropean.com/Make/BMW/...?catalogID=016
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:54 AM
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Thanks HerbP! That's awesome info!
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:24 AM
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My Thrust Bushing were starting to show wear at 45k miles and now I have 50k miles and i'm hearing a slight clunk when in my indoor parking ramp when no other outside noise is present. I believe their expected life is between 40k and 60k miles if my recollection is correct.
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:47 AM
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Those nasty thrust bushings are notorious for wearing quickly. Everything else should last a lot longer, so I wouldn't replace anything that doesn't show obvious wear.
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:59 AM
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Can a control arm slide off the thrust bushing? Mine was on the side of the bushing, and half of the control arm was already worn out by rubbing on the sub frame.
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I donít understand why your thurst bushing is bad ? Do you deal with a lot of potholes? I have 188k miles and still original bushings!


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Old 06-07-2019, 07:56 PM
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Mine was in a front end accident, but there was no indication that the thrust arm was pushed in, other than the bushing slipping.
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I donít understand why your thurst bushing is bad ? Do you deal with a lot of potholes? I have 188k miles and still original bushings!


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