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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 Mon, Mar-16-2009, 08:03:43 PM   #1
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Default Rear Ball Joint Replacement DIY?

Anyone have a DIY for how to replace the rear ball joints?

I want to replace all 4 since 1 is broken. Figured I can do all 4 due to the cheap price of the parts.

it is this part:



I don't know which tool/extractor. puller to use.

Possibly this one?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=38335

Or this one?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=8856

If anyone has an idea of what tool to use or have done it. PLease let me know

I heard that Victory use to make one but not anymore. I would really like to know the exact tool to use. Thanks!

Also when i do. I will create a DIY thread for this install. T hanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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THis DIY is pretty simple. I created a tool similiar to BMWs tool with HUGE sockets.

all 1/2 size sockets

1 1/4 (puller)
16 (installer)
32 (catcher)
threaded rod (3/16)
washers
nuts

Create the tool (self explanatory)


TOols:
18 mm socket
18 mm wrench
ratchet
music
PB BLASTER

First you must do tons of prep work.
Jack up car
Remove wheels
remove pads and depress piston
remove piston
remove screws (7 mm allen IIRC)
remove the rotor.
Now everything is set. Remove the rear control arm bolt (18mm) on both sides
Now the bushing is nice and present.
Now put the tool on the bushing like so:


The bushing will then Push it out with the smaller socket. Will be a pain at first as lining up the sockets will need perfection. Once its out of the arm the tool will come off complete and hide the ball joint as shown:


Now clean up the arm to get rid of any grease or any debris:


Now prepare the installer socket to PUSH the new balljoint into place (better than hammering that b*tch in) like shown:


Admire the new bushing installed:

and



Now same goes for the top. 18mm on both sides then add the tool:


same process to install new one as well:




BAM you just replaced your bushings with minimal effort. I hope this was helpful to you. If your local to the tristate area and would liek this done PM me details. Also please leave feedback. Thanks!



DIY FOUND HERE:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=308090
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I heard one is easy and the other is a pain, I forget which is which though. I think one of them has an access issue, probably the top one.
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I heard one is easy and the other is a pain, I forget which is which though. I think one of them has an access issue, probably the top one.
I agree.

I might just tackle 2 for now. But I want to make sure I am going to use the right tools. Or possibly a technique someone can share.
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I've done it on my e36, same process as the e46. Use the bmw tool, it makes it a 15 min per bushing job. Otherwise its a PITA.
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I've done it on my e36, same process as the e46. Use the bmw tool, it makes it a 15 min per bushing job. Otherwise its a PITA.
Thanks for the input. I saw on BFC they are the same. Which BMW tool are you referring to? Please point me to the right one so I can order it as soon as I can. Thanks.

It's not this is it?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-R...motiveQ5fTools
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or this tool?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=46389



and with this:



Im trying to avoid buying that $260 tool kit.
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B334191, it looks very similar to that. Like the rtab tool, but with cups to press in/out that fit the ball joint size.

You could probably build something using threaded rod, some washers, the right size sockets. I tried the 2nd tool from harbor freight, didn't work.
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Piece a cake with this tool. Friends shop has this tool and was helping them out on a customers car. Replaced all 4 of the bushings in less than an hour.
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Piece a cake with this tool. Friends shop has this tool and was helping them out on a customers car. Replaced all 4 of the bushings in less than an hour.
so it is inevitable. I will have to fork the cash for that toolkit?

I wonder if there is a way i can make my own tool. : (

the tool it is $260.

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