Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 d, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 i xDrive, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 i, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 si, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 si, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 sd, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 sd, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 25 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 18 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 35 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 18 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 si xDrive, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 d View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change front suspension arm on BMW X3 E83 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Control Arm for X3 (E83) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: front lower arm – BMW X3 E83. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #22
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Ball joint puller
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: front lower arm – BMW X3 E83. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right lower control arms.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: front lower arm – BMW X3 E83. Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 2
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  2. Step 3
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  3. Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW X3 E83
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 6
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: front lower arm – BMW X3 E83. After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  6. Step 7
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  7. Step 8
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    Unscrew the ball joint fastening to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #22.
  8. Step 9
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    Disconnect the ball joint from the steering knuckle. Use a ball joint puller.
  9. Step 10
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  10. Step 11
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    Remove the arm.
  11. Step 12
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    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  12. Step 13
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    Install a new arm.
    Replacement: front lower arm – BMW X3 E83. Professionals recommend:
    During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.Do not damage the ball joint cover.
  13. Step 14
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    Install the fastening bolt.
  14. Step 15
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    Connect the ball joint to the steering knuckle.
  15. Step 16
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    Screw the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #22.
  16. Step 17
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    Screw the fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
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