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Blown out control arm bushing

The left upper control arm on my 2004 760 is blown out. It looks like a simple replacement. How do I replace myself?

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  • 1mikebrowne1 May 27, 2009

    Thanks for the help. Are there any unforeseen  issues removing the control arm. Looks like a standard ball joint tool and wrenches will do it. 

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If bushings are available, then it's do-able. Bushings are pressed in tightly and need to be collapsed and driven out Most machine shops can do this for you more quickly and easily than you can do it yourself.
Another option is to find a control arm in a scrapyard that has good bushings and use that (often far cheaper than anything else), but make sure the ball joint on the replacement arm is good as well. (don't trade one problem for a different one)

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  • Richard Scordino May 27, 2009

    No problems I can see...Try giving the steering knuckle a good hard hit on the side to release the bj spindle that will avoid damaging the boot with the fork.

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Ok, these things go out every 30K miles or so b/c they were designed poorly. (My wife has one). The control arm bushings are pressed in. You will need to have the old one pressed out, and the new one pressed in. I ended up going to www.bimmerworld.com, and getting the poly urethane bushings. They don't wear out like the stock ones, and help the handling a bit. It wasn't that hard to replace them.

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