Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 130 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E90) 330 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E92) 330 i, BMW 3 Convertible (E93) 330 i, BMW 1 Hatchback (E87) 130 i

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to replace front suspension arm / front control arm on BMW 330i 3 (E92) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Required tools:
Required tools:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 21
Wheel impact socket #17
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
AUTODOC recommends:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right lower control arms.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. How to change Control Arm on BMW E92 2006 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
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    Step 2
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 3
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
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    Step 4
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
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    Step 5
    Remove the wheel.
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    Step 6
    Clean all joints of the arm.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.Wear protective goggles.
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    Step 7
    Unscrew the arm fastening to the beam.Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces).
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    Step 8
    Prop up the steering knuckle.Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 9
    Unscrew the ball joint fastening to the steering knuckle.Use a drive socket #21.Use a tap wrench.
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    Step 10
    Remove the support from under the steering knuckle.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
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    Step 11
    Disconnect the lower arm from the steering knuckle.
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    Step 12
    Unscrew the end fastening nut to the steering knuckle.Use a drive socket #21.
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    Step 13
    Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
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    Step 14
    Remove the fastening bolt.
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    Step 15
    Remove the arm.
    Step 16
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  16. How to change Control Arm on BMW E92 2006 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 17
    Install a new arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.Do not damage the ball joint cover.
  17. How to replace BMW 3 Coupe (E92) 335i 3.0 2007 Control Arm - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 18
    Install the fastening bolt.
  18. BMW E92 320d 2.0 2008 Control Arm replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 19
    Connect the lower arm to the steering knuckle.
  19. Changing Control Arm on BMW 3 Coupe (E92) 330d 3.0 2009 by yourself
    Step 20
    Screw the fastener connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle.Use a drive socket #21.
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    Step 21
    Treat the fastener connecting the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Use copper grease.
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    Step 22
    Connect the tie rod end to the steering knuckle.
  22. How hard is it to do yourself: Control Arm replacement on BMW E92 320i 2.0 2006 - download illustrated guide
    Step 23
    Tighten the fastening nut connecting the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #21.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 60 nm torque.
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    Step 24
    Prop up the steering knuckle.Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  24. Changing of Control Arm on BMW E92 2008 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 25
    Tighten the arm fastening to the beam.Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces).Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 85 nm torque.
  25. BMW 3 SERIES 330xd 3.0 Control Arm replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 26
    Remove the support from under the steering knuckle.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
  26. Replacing Control Arm on BMW E92 2010 335i 3.0 by yourself
    Step 27
    Tighten the ball joint fastener. Use a drive socket #21.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 65 nm torque.
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    Step 28
    Treat all joints of the arm.Use copper grease.
  28. How to change Control Arm on BMW 3 Coupe (E92) 2006 - tips and tricks
    Step 29
    Treat the surface where the brake disc contacts the wheel rim. Use copper grease.
  29. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement BMW E92 2007 325i 2.5 Control Arm
    Step 30
    Clean the brake disk surface.Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  30. DIY replacement of Control Arm on BMW 3 Coupe (E92) 335d 3.0 2008 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 31
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
  31. How to change Control Arm on BMW E92 2006 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 32
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  32. How to replace BMW 3 Coupe (E92) 335i 3.0 2007 Control Arm - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 33
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 nm torque.
  33. BMW E92 320d 2.0 2008 Control Arm replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 34
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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