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#1 (permalink) Old 03-01-2010, 02:42 PM
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Replace lower control arm bushings

stealership told me I need to replace lower control arm bushings and quoted me $850.


I want to DIY on those. Do u guys think those bushings are easy to replace? what tools do I need for the job?

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you will need to rent or buy a spring compressor and a lca bushing removal tool. i replaced them without the bushing removal tool, and they were a pita to get out, took me over 6 hours to replace both sides. in order to get the control arm out you will need to remove the spring. the right way to remove the springs is with the klann spring compressor, but i removed them by lowering the control arm with the help of carjack and jackstands. this is a very dangerous way of doing it because the spring can hurt you or even kill you if it flies off, so don't attempt this way if have never done it before.
once i got the control arm out, i used a blue torch to get the old bushing out. also i had previously put the new bushings in dry ice for a few hours so they would go in easier. while doing this job i also recomend changing the lower ball joints, swaybar/stabilizer links and bushings if those have never been changed. by the way i bought lemforder brand lca bushings from bmaparts, i think for lca bushings, stabilizer links and stabilizer bushings all together were around $150. the front end was definitely more solid after the change. also i had to play with the tie rods a little bit until i got the steering straight because car would lean to the left after the lca bushings change.
if i had to redo the whole process again i would just have an indie do it. i was quoted around $550-600 by an indie for oem parts + labor.
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Dealer here only would replace the whole control arms at about $600 a side just in parts.
Had a friend do it. It wasn't pleasant , and he had to torch heat the old ones out.

Parts were $80 a side, and a handfull of cash to keep my friend happy.

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Take to stealership?

Thanks for those inputs first.

It sounds like it is a lot of trouble to DIY those control arm bushings. I think it's better take it to dealer have them deal with it.

Thanks again.
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I purchased most of the tools needed to replace the lower front control arm bushings w210. I have no problem lending out my spring compressor to anyone local only. Caution I think anyone attempting to do this repair should not do this with out this tool. Danger working around a loaded spring.

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It is not such a PITA if you replace the whole arm, with bushing already included. Of course, not as cheap and you still have to take it in for alignment.
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Has anyone replaced Front lower control arm bushings on a W210 without removing the control arm, I have the spring compressor and the bushing press tool as well!
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williamn, this is not big deal to remove a control arm.
I did it with special tool. The tool cost approx $160..180 + $120 for two bushings sets made by Lemforder + ~$80 for new bolts.



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Please Help-Purchased the press tool for the Front lower control arm bushing W210 but it did not come with any paper work. Does any body have the instructions for this tool want to get as much out of this tool that I can! Contacted company they did not respond.
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the tool

I just did mine. Here is the tool. I have listed it on ebay #220906077504.
Cant' do the job with out it. Also get factory bushings from bimmerspecialist.com.
Email me with question.
Paypal accepted!
colinmurphy@acnrep.com
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