Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW X5 (E53) 3.0 d, BMW X5 (E53) 4.8 is, BMW X5 (E53) 3.0 d, BMW X5 (E53) 4.4 i, BMW X5 (E53) 4.6 is, BMW X5 (E53) 3.0 d, BMW X5 (E53) 4.4 i, BMW X5 (E53) 3.0 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear suspension arm / rear control arm on BMW X5 (E53) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Control Arm for X5 (E53) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: rear upper arm – BMW X5 E53. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 8
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #19
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: rear upper arm – BMW X5 E53. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the right and left upper control arms.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: rear upper arm – BMW X5 E53. Recommended sequence of steps:
  1. Step 1
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 2
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #19.
  3. Step 3
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    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  4. Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: rear upper arm – BMW X5 E53. Tip:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  5. Step 5
    How to remove BMW X5 4.8 is 2004 Control Arm - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the wheel.
  6. Step 6.1
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush.
    Step 6.2
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    Treat all joints of the arm. Use WD-40 spray.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: rear upper arm – BMW X5 E53. After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  7. Step 7
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    Make a mark on the crossmember and on the camber adjustment bolt.
  8. Step 8
    Changing of Control Arm on BMW X5 E53 2000 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Unscrew the rear upper arm fastener from the stub axle. Use a drive socket #8. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  9. Step 9
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    Unscrew the arm fastening to the beam. Use a drive socket #18. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  10. Step 10
    Replacing Control Arm on BMW X5 E53 2002 3.0 d by yourself
    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a crowbar.
  11. Step 11
    X5 (E53) 4.8 is 2003 Control Arm DIY replacement workshop manual
    Remove the ball joint from the knuckle.
  12. Step 12
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    Remove the rear upper arm. Use a crowbar.
  13. Step 13
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    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step 14
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    Mount the rear upper arm.
    Replacement: rear upper arm – BMW X5 E53. AUTODOC recommends:
    During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.Do not damage the ball joint cover.
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