Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i, BMW 5 Touring (E39) 520 i

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to replace rear suspension arm / rear control arm on BMW 520i 4 (E39) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Required tools:
Required tools:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #22
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 22
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
AUTODOC recommends:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the right and left upper 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.
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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.
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    Step 7
    Disconnect the ABS sensor wiring.
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    Step 8
    Clean all joints of the arm.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 9
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear knuckle.Use a combination spanner #22.Use a drive socket #10.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 10
    Unscrew the arm fastening to the beam.Use a combination spanner #16.
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    Step 11
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 12
    Remove the fastening bolt.
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    Step 13
    Remove the rear upper arm.
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    Step 14
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 15
    Mount the rear upper 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 16
    Install the fastening bolt.
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    Step 17
    Screw in the fastener that connects the control arm to the rear knuckle.Use a combination spanner #22.Use a drive socket #10.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 18
    Tighten the fastener connecting the suspension arm to the rear knuckle.Use a drive socket #22.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 75 Nm torque.
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    Step 19
    Screw in the fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe.Use a combination spanner #16.
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    Step 20
    Tighten the arm fastening to the beam.Use a drive socket #16.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 60 nm torque.
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    Step 21
    Connect the ABS sensor wiring.
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    Step 22
    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 23
    Treat all joints of the arm.Use copper grease.
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    Step 24
    Treat the surface where the brake disc contacts the wheel rim. Use copper grease.
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    Step 25
    Clean the brake disk surface.Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
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    Step 26
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
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    Step 27
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 28
    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 29
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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