Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change front suspension arm / front control arm on BMW 3 (E46) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Replacement: front lower arm – BMW E46 convertible. List of the tools you'll need:
Replacement: front lower arm – BMW E46 convertible. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #18
Combination spanner #19
Combination spanner #21
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Ball joint puller
3-Arm Gear Puller
Phillips screwdriver
Crow bar
Rubber mallet
Vice
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
All the parts you need to replace – Control Arm for 3 Convertible (E46) and other BMW models
How to change Link Set, wheel suspension on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330Ci 3.0 – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Link Set, wheel suspension
How to change Link Set, wheel suspension on BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti – tips for proper car maintenance
BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Link Set, wheel suspension on BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
Easy tricks to help you to replace Link Set, wheel suspension on BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
Link Set, wheel suspension removal & installation, incredibly easy steps for BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
Changing Link Set, wheel suspension on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci – tips for first time repair
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci
How to change Rod / Strut, wheel suspension on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330Ci 3.0 – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Rod / Strut, wheel suspension
How to change Rod / Strut, wheel suspension on BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti – tips for proper car maintenance
BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Rod / Strut, wheel suspension on BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
Easy tricks to help you to replace Rod / Strut, wheel suspension on BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
Rod / Strut, wheel suspension removal & installation, incredibly easy steps for BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
Changing Rod / Strut, wheel suspension on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci – tips for first time repair
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci
How to change Track Control Arm on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330Ci 3.0 – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Track Control Arm
How to change Track Control Arm on BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti – tips for proper car maintenance
BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Track Control Arm on BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
Easy tricks to help you to replace Track Control Arm on BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
Track Control Arm removal & installation, incredibly easy steps for BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
Changing Track Control Arm on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci – tips for first time repair
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci
Replacement: front lower arm – BMW E46 convertible. Professionals recommend:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right lower control arms.
  • Replacement of the independent suspension lower arm in some cars requires a part of the outlet piping of the additional heater to be removed.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: front lower arm – BMW E46 convertible. Recommended sequence of steps:
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