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From digest.v7.n998 Thu Jan 22 11:55:44 1998
From: "Steve D'Gerolamo" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 07:27:57 -0500
Subject: Control Arm Lubricant
From: J&A Braun <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 22:43:38 -0500
Subject: E30 Control Arm Bushings (Special Lub.?)

I'm about to install a bunch of new parts into my '88 325is and a couple of which are the control arm bushings. According to the Robert Bentley manual, when I install the new bushings on the control arms I should coat the end of the control arms with "BMW's special lubricant".

The best "special lubricant" is probably under your kitchen sink....liquid dish detergent (I use Zymol Clear car wash because I happen to have it out in the garage). Place the E30/E36 control arm in a vice with the bracket end facing toward you. Lubricate the inside of the bushing with soap/detergent and with a twisting/screwing motion, push the bracket-bushing assembly onto the arm. Once you get it started, it will slide easily into place. Install the arms onto the car, lower it to the ground, and let the bushings set up in place for at least 30 minutes. I tried Kerosene and some other lubricants but the detergent seems to work the best. SD
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