Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW X5 (E53) 3.0 i

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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

Required tools:
Required tools:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #18
Combination spanner #22
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #19
Ball joint puller
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Rubber mallet
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
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AUTODOC recommends:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right lower control arms.
  • Replacement of the independent suspension lower arm in some cars requires a part of the outlet piping of the additional heater to be removed.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
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    Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
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    Step 2
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts.Use wheel impact socket #19.
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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.Treat all joints of the arm.Use WD-40 spray.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
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    Step 7
    Unscrew the ball joint fastening nut.Use a combination spanner #22.
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    Step 8
    Unscrew the arm fastening from the subframe.Use a drive socket #18.Use a combination spanner #18.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 9
    Disconnect the ball joint from the steering knuckleUse a ball joint puller.
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    Step 10
    Prop up the steering knuckle.Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  11. Replacing Control Arm on BMW E53 2002 3.0 d by yourself
    Step 11
    Remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle.Use a crowbar.
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    Step 12
    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a rubber mallet.
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    Step 13
    Remove the arm.
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    Step 14
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack by 10-15 cm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
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    How to change Control Arm on BMW E53 2000 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 15.1
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm.
    Step 15.2
    Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 16
    Install a new arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.Do not damage the ball joint cover.
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    Step 17
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  18. Changing Control Arm on BMW X5 (E53) 4.6 is 2003 by yourself
    Step 18
    Insert the ball joint into the steering knuckle and fix it with a new nut.
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    Step 19
    Tighten the arm fastening to the subframe.Use a drive socket #18.Use a combination spanner #18.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 90 nm torque.
  20. How to replace Control Arm on BMW X5 (E53) 2005: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 20
    Tighten the ball joint fastening nut.Use a combination spanner #22.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 80 nm torque.
  21. How hard is it to do yourself: Control Arm replacement on BMW E53 3.0 i 2006 - download illustrated guide
    Step 21
    Remove the support from under the arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
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    Step 22
    Clean the wheel rim mounting seat. Use a wire brush.Treat the contacting surface.Use copper grease.
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    Step 23
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
  24. BMW X5 4.6 is Control Arm replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 24
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #19.
  25. Replacing Control Arm on BMW E53 2002 3.0 d by yourself
    Step 25
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 nm torque.
  26. X5 (E53) 4.8 is 2003 Control Arm DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 26
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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