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From digest.v6.n625 Mon May 5 19:45:40 1997
From: "Steve D'Gerolamo" <>
Date: Mon, 05 May 1997 15:37:38 -0400
Subject: E30 Control Arm Replacement

>From: Guy =?iso-8859-1?Q?=ABPedro=BB?= Lopes <>
>Date: Mon, 5 May 1997 09:19:33 -0400
>Subject: E30 - replacing lower control arms
>Hi guy's. I wanted to replace my lower control arms this week end and
>couldn't. I have the 318is 1991 (E30/M42). On the passenger side, I
>couldn't reach the inner ball joint nut (the exhaust manifold was in the
>way). Is the correct way to remove this from the top of the car, or do I
>have to manage taking it out from under in the 4 inches of "hand room" that
>is available?
>I used a snapon 22mm, .5" drive socket with a snapon universal joint.
>Couldn't fit in in the space between the nut and the manifold!
>Any help on the procedure, tool requirements, etc. appreciated

Most of the guys just use 22mm open end wrenches on this one, sometimes doubling up wrenches to get mechanical leverage to break the nut loose. You can also try a shot from the top with a 24" locking extension. Breaking the ball joints loose will be the major problem...I'll be writing up the procedure for the E36 ball joint and control arm bushing replacement later, along with all required hardware and tools (I spent 4 hours yesterday with fellow digest member Doug Holcomb working with him on his E36 project so the procedure is fresh in my mind). SD
Steve D'Gerolamo c/o The Ultimate Garage, Emerson, NJ Tel 201-262-0412 Email.... Web Site....
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