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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sat, Dec-24-2011, 08:04:34 PM   #1
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Exclamation Front suspension problem...

Recently I have been hearing some noise in my right front suspension. It sounded like there was something loose or a failed bushing. My car has Turner sways, PSS9's, and camber plates. I jacked the car up today to see if there was anything visual I could see that might be the issue. I notices that the bushing on my passenger side that holds the sway bar going through the middle of the car is gone and the bar is just floating. Jacked the driver side up and the bushing is there and there is no play in the bar.

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As you can see, there is nothing supporting the passenger side of the sway bar now. I haven't had the chance to take the splash pan off to see anymore. Does this look subframe related? or does the bushing just need to be replaced?

Any input would be appreciated, THANKS.

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I don't even see the bushing on the passenger side
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If the bracket is still there and solid just replace the bushing.
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Default Re: Front suspension problem...

ya them bushings are toast my friend. Like said above i also do not see the bushing on the passenger side but as long as the bracket is there new set of bushings will fix your concern.

ps...Dont want to sound rude or it could just be me... but DANG bro u got some long monkey fingers lol. maybe its just the camera but the finger on the 2nd picture looks almost broken... sorry its xmas hahaha
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Yep, bushings are shot/missing. Should get these from Turner as the bar diameter is probably different from stock.
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Yeah the passenger bushing is gone. I haven't had the time to drop the splash pan to see if the bracket is there. I read a thread that looked to have the same problem, the threads were ripped out of the bracket. Hopefully this isn't the case as he needed to get it welded and tapped for the fix.

And lol at the finger comment, it's mostly just the angle of the picture but I have broken that finger a few times...
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