Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 d

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Required tools:
Required tools:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Crow bar
Flat Screwdriver
Hammer
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
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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:
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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 #17.
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    Step 3
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
    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.
    Step 7
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear knuckle.Use a combination spanner #18.Use a drive socket #18Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 8
    Remove the fastening bolt.Use a hammer.Use a flat screwdriver.Use a drive socket #18Use a ratchet wrench.
    Step 9
    Loosen the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear subframe.Use a drive socket #18Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 10
    Detach the suspension arm from the rear knuckle.Use a crowbar.
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    Step 11
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear subframe. Use a combination spanner #18.
    Step 12
    Remove the rear fastener of the control arm.
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    Step 13
    Remove the arm.
    Step 14
    Remove the control arm cover.
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    Step 15
    Install the control arm cover.
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    Step 16
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 17
    Install a new arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.
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    Step 18
    Install the rear fastener of the control arm.
    Step 19
    Attach the suspension arm to the rear knuckle.Use a crowbar.
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    Step 20
    Install the fastening bolt.Use a hammer.
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    Step 21
    Screw in the fastener that connects the control arm to the rear knuckle.Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces).
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    Step 22
    Support the stub axle.Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 23
    Tighten the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear subframe. Use a drive socket #18Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 80 nm torque.
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    Step 24
    Tighten the control arm fastener to the stub axle.Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces).Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 75 nm torque.
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    Step 25
    Treat all joints of the arm.Use copper grease.
    Step 26
    Remove the support from under the stub axle.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
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    Step 27
    Treat the surface where the brake disc contacts the wheel rim.Use copper grease.
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    Step 28
    Clean the brake disk surface.Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
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    Step 29
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
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    Step 30
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 31
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 Nm torque.
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    Step 32
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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