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Hello, and thanks for having me.

I was hoping someone here could help ID a part for me. A family member was hit head-on by a hit and run driver. The driver either fell asleep or was drunk as he never applied the brake. She lost her front teeth and stitches on her lip thankfully it was nothing worse.

My son was looking around at the crash sight and found a part that has a BMW emblem and the number 2008, I'm not sure of that is a part number or year. I know its a long shot but hopefully with your help we can get a general idea of the year and model, or the name of the part.

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For scale, it is about the size of the ring made by touching your index finger to your thumb.

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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It is not a part number. BMW part numbers are eleven digits long, in the format 12-34-5-678-910
 

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Glad she is ok.
I'm sorry but not enough info or part to determine.
I assume you are trying to track the owner.
You have the make, even if you find the model I'm not sure what that will give you.
Finding the year will be very difficult, BMW run several years without changes.
If it helps any, 3 series is the most popular.
The best I can suggest is return to the site in daylight for more clues.
Good luck
 

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Thanks for your quick response.

Would the stamped 2008 signify the year?
It is stamped on both sides.
Again, thanks for your help.
 

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Maybe but just the year THAT part was made.
It could of been used on 3-5 years worth of BMW's.
 

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Soft plastic elastomer.
 

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Looks like a hose holder of some sort. Has some caked on oil on it so it should be from under the hood.


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It's asymmetric with a directional arrow, thinking it my turn when installed. Maybe light related? Although it did have grease on it.
Plan to go to the BMW parts department tomorrow afternoon.
I understand it isn't much to go on, but it's all I have to work with.
 

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time to cal CSI, though they may only come out to homicides, try a black light,

but seriously, you found a part on the road which could belong to anything and not necessarily traced back to the suspect car
driver could even say it was stolen, or not him, or anything,assuming he could be traced
unless a major crime has been committed, nothing is going to come out of it,
when I say, death, GTA, armed crime, terrorist, something like that,
police wont entertain any investigation

as said that part is not really traceable and can be found on years worth of BMW's

be thankful, move on

not being a DB, just a realist
 

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That's the retaining ring of a front control arm bushing. As the bushing fails, they tend to separate from the lollipop holder and hang on the control arm. You can see a picture of what I mean from my bushings before I replaced them. I recall needing to pull the part in your picture off my control arm because it had separated.

The bad news is that it's a not a distinct part itself and the lollipop bushings are used on MANY BMW models and years.
 

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That's the retaining ring of a front control arm bushing. As the bushing fails, they tend to separate from the lollipop holder and hang on the control arm. You can see a picture of what I mean from my bushings before I replaced them. I recall needing to pull the part in your picture off my control arm because it had separated.

The bad news is that it's a not a distinct part itself and the lollipop bushings are used on MANY BMW models and years.
Holy capoly. Bravo.

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That's the retaining ring of a front control arm bushing. As the bushing fails, they tend to separate from the lollipop holder and hang on the control arm. You can see a picture of what I mean from my bushings before I replaced them. I recall needing to pull the part in your picture off my control arm because it had separated.

The bad news is that it's a not a distinct part itself and the lollipop bushings are used on MANY BMW models and years.
Thanks so much for your help. Thanks to those who offered their help as well.
Without getting into too many details the police have talked to someone of interest.
Don"t want to say too much I'm still surprising how many calls she has received from ambulance chasers.
 
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