Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 323 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 xd, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 xi, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 xi, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 xd, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 323 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – BMW 3 (E46). Tools you need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Pin punch
Hammer
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – BMW 3 (E46). 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: rear suspension lower control arm – BMW 3 (E46). 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 rear 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 3 (E46)
  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.
  6. Step 7
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    Make a mark on the camber adjustment bolt.
  7. Step 8
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear knuckle. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 9
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush.
  9. Step 10
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    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a drive socket #18. Use a crowbar.
  10. Step 11
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a drive socket #18. Use a crowbar.
  11. Step 12
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    Support the rear knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  12. Step 13
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    Remove the fastening bolts. Use a pin punch. Use a hammer. Use a crowbar. Use a combination spanner #18.
  13. Step 14
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    Remove the arm.
  14. Step 15
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    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  15. Step 16
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    Install a new arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – BMW 3 (E46). Use only new bolts and nuts for installation.Do not damage the ball joint cover.
  16. Step 17
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    Install the control arm fasteners. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a crowbar.
  17. Step 18
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    Adjust the position of the alignment bolt according to the mark.
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