Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 545 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 535 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 535 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear suspension arm / rear control arm on BMW E60 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: rear upper arm – BMW E60. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #18
Combination spanner #21
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 21
Torx bit T40
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Crow bar
Wheel chock
Replacement: rear upper arm – BMW E60. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the right and left upper control arms.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW E60 – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Control Arm on BMW E60 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530d 3.0 2002 Control Arm - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. Step 3
    BMW E60 525d 2.5 2003 Control Arm replacement: free workshop manuals
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  4. Step 4
    Changing Control Arm on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520i 2.2 2004 by yourself
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW E60
  5. Step 5
    How to remove BMW 5 SERIES 525d 3.0 2005 Control Arm - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the wheel.
  6. Step 6
    How to replace Control Arm on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2006: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Disconnect the brake pads wear sensor.
    Please note!
    Some cars are not equipped with the brake pad wear sensor.
  7. Step 7
    How hard is it to do yourself: Control Arm replacement on BMW E60 530 d 2007 - download illustrated guide
    Clean the brake caliper bracket fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  8. Step 8
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    Unscrew the caliper bracket fastening. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench.
  9. Step 9
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    Remove the brake caliper together with its bracket.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Tie the caliper to the suspension or to the body with a wire without disconnecting from the brake hose to prevent depressurization of the brake system.Make sure that the brake caliper is not hanging on the brake hose.Don't press the brake pedal after the brake caliper has been removed. As a result, the piston can fall out from the brake cylinder, and brake fluid leakage and depressurization of the system may occur.
  10. Step 10
    BMW 5 SERIES 530d 3.0 Control Arm replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Clean the fasteners connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  11. Step 11
    Replacing Control Arm on BMW E60 2001 530d 3.0 by yourself
    Unscrew the arm fastening from the subframe. Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces).
  12. Step 12
    5 Saloon (E60) 525d 3.0 2002 Control Arm DIY replacement workshop manual
    Disconnect the ABS sensor wiring. Use a crowbar.
  13. Step 13
    How to change Control Arm on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2003 - tips and tricks
    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step 14
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement BMW E60 2004 525d 3.0 Control Arm
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear knuckle. Use a combination spanner #21. Use Torx T40. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 15
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  16. Step 16
    How to change Control Arm on BMW E60 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the rear upper arm.
  17. Step 17
    How to replace BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530d 3.0 2002 Control Arm - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  18. Step 18
    BMW E60 525d 2.5 2003 Control Arm replacement: free workshop manuals
    Mount the rear upper arm.
    Replacement: rear upper arm – BMW E60. AUTODOC recommends:
    During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.Do not damage the ball joint cover.
  19. Step 19
    Changing Control Arm on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520i 2.2 2004 by yourself
    Install the fastening bolt.
  20. Step 20
    How to remove BMW 5 SERIES 525d 3.0 2005 Control Arm - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Screw in the fastener that connects the control arm to the rear knuckle. Use a drive socket #21. Use a ratchet wrench.
  21. Step 21
    How to replace Control Arm on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2006: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Support the stub axle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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