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Old 04-03-2010, 12:52 AM
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Procedure to replace front control arm bushings (31126769715)

I was reading on a couple threads where folks mentioned vibration during hard braking and replacement of the control arm bushings resolved the issue. Is there a step by step procedure to replace the bushings? How long will it take? Does one need special tools?

I was reading through the E39 Bentley. I heard the E53 and E39s actually use the same parts though they're installed backwards.

Any help will be greatly apprecaited.
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:40 AM
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Yes you need special tools including jacks, supports, etc. Procedure isn't complicated but it needs to be done right.
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Hi X5 Meister,

Do you need special tools to press out and reinstall the bushings? Just wondering if there is a link to the procedure to do it right.

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Old 04-03-2010, 03:50 PM
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Yes that's what I said, you need special tools to do the job. I believe the procedure is in the BMW TIS or you can check the Bentley manual.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:30 AM
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Another option is to buy new arms with the bushings already pressed in. This will save some time and will be easier. You just need to remove the one bolt that passes through the bushing (need large wrenches (21mm or 22mm I think).

There is a special tool needed to get the arm off of the ball joint spindle. The Bentley manual shows a special clamp. I used a pickle fork since I was going to replace the ball joints at the same time. I wasn't worried about damaging the ball joints.
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