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Old 09-19-2018, 10:33 PM   #1
SamHart
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Control arm replacement



Hello Everyone. a long time lurker finally joined.

have a feeling I will need to replace a front control arm on E46 330 (one of the front wheels feels like bouncing sometimes at high speed and then it goes away and running fine; all tires are balanced) . If I buy a front control arm online and bring the part to a shop, what is a reasonable, average labour cost I can expect the shop to charge?


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Old 09-20-2018, 11:24 PM   #2
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Why not check the control arm for play first? You might only need the FCABs (rubber bushings). I DIY'd upgrading my to powerflex poly bushings https://powerflexusa.com/bmwe463seri...pff5-4601.aspx
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Old 09-22-2018, 11:05 AM   #3
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Thnks Jabela. Powerflex bushings are already on the car. Not interested in DYI for front controls arms.

Anyone else on original question - please ?
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:09 PM   #4
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If the FCABs are good, then you think the play is from the ball joints?
How are your shocks and top hat?
Just worried you'll replace the control arm without fixing the issue.

Also, if you haven't already, make sure the inner part of the powerflex hasn't come out of the outer part. That happened on mine and I used a hose clamp to make sure it didn't slide out again.
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Old 10-08-2018, 12:51 PM   #5
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Jabela is right.. have a look to make sure nothing is out of place first.
Bouncing is not a symptom of bad CA. If you hear or feel clunking over bumps and holes than you're sure to have play in inner or outer balljoints.
If bouncing, most likely the shock is blown.
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