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 rear suspension arm / rear control arm on BMW X5 (E53) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Required tools:
Required tools:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 8
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #19
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Crow bar
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 #19.
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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 6.1
    Clean all joints of the arm.
    Step 6.2
    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
    Make a mark on the crossmember and on the camber adjustment bolt.
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    Step 8
    Unscrew the rear upper arm fastener from the stub axle. Use a drive socket #8.Use a combination spanner #16.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 9
    Unscrew the arm fastening to the beam.Use a drive socket #18.Use a combination spanner #18.Use a ratchet wrench.
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    Step 10
    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a crowbar.
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    Step 11
    Remove the ball joint from the knuckle.
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    Step 12
    Remove the rear upper arm. Use a crowbar.
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    Step 13
    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 14
    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 15
    Install the ball joint to the knuckle.Use a crowbar.
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    Step 16
    Install the control arm fasteners.
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    Step 17
    Tighten the arm fastening to the beam.Use a combination spanner #18.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 70 nm torque.
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    Step 18
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 19
    Tighten the control arm fastener to the stub axle. Use a drive socket #16.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 65 nm torque.
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    Step 20
    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 21
    Clean the wheel rim mounting seat. Use a wire brush.Treat the contacting surface.Use copper grease.
    Step 22
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
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    Step 23
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #19.
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    Step 24
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 nm torque.
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    Step 25
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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