Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 120 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E90) 320 i, BMW 3 Touring (E91) 318 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E92) 320 i, BMW 3 Convertible (E93) 320 i, BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 120 i, BMW 1 Convertible (E88) 120 i, BMW X1 (E84) sDrive 18 i, BMW 1 Hatchback (E87) 118 i

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
Tap wrench
Flat Screwdriver
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.
    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 drive socket #18Use a tap wrench.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 8
    Remove the fastening bolt.
    Step 9
    Detach the suspension arm from the rear knuckle.
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    Step 10
    Disconnect the ABS sensor wiring.Use a flat screwdriver.
    Step 11
    Unscrew the arm fastening to the beam.Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces).
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    Step 12
    Remove the rear fastener of the control arm.
    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.
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    Step 16
    Install the rear fastener of the control arm.
    Step 17
    Tighten the arm fastening to the beam.Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces).Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 85 Nm torque.
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    Step 18
    Attach the suspension arm to the rear knuckle.
    Step 19
    Install the fastening bolt.
    Step 20
    Screw in the fastener that connects the control arm to the rear knuckle.Use a drive socket #18Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 21
    Support the stub axle.Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 22
    Tighten the control arm fastener to the stub axle.Use a drive socket #18.Use a tap wrench.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 70 nm torque.
    Step 23
    Connect the ABS sensor wiring.
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    Step 24
    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 25
    Treat the surface where the brake disc contacts the wheel rim. Use copper grease.
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    Step 26
    Clean the brake disk surface.Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
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    Step 27
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
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    Step 28
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 29
    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 30
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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