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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sat, Jun-02-2018, 01:43:38 PM   #1
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Default Accidentally Stuck Rear Lower Control Arm

During the install of the adjustable rear lower control arm, I rested it on the back plate to pick up the bolt which quickly flipped and stuck itself...see pics below. So, how would you resolve this situation? One cannot pull out on the rotor anymore...I was thinking to undo the suspension bolt which would lower rotor assembly or placed a long screw driver in the trailing arm and used that as leverage to brace against to pull out the rotor. I learned to have the bolt in hand to place in the bushing...the driver side was a breeze to install after that incident.



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Default Re: Accidentally Stuck Rear Lower Control Arm

It looks like you're going to need to pull the control arm away from the rotor (like towards the diff). With it rotated like that I wouldn't try prying it off towards the ground as you'll probably ruin the bushing in the process. Any reason you can't undo the other end of the control arm? I'd do that, unscrew the control arm, and pull the end off.
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Pry bar between the knuckle and control arm. Or undo the shock and let it drop. That’ll give you plenty of room without fighting
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It looks like you're going to need to pull the control arm away from the rotor (like towards the diff). With it rotated like that I wouldn't try prying it off towards the ground as you'll probably ruin the bushing in the process. Any reason you can't undo the other end of the control arm? I'd do that, unscrew the control arm, and pull the end off.
Remember, the other end is in a pocket!

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Pry bar between the knuckle and control arm. Or undo the shock and let it drop. Thatíll give you plenty of room without fighting
Undoing the shock and let it drop was my first thought...just having difficulty seeing whether that would ease the sideways pressure.
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It won’t easy the sideways so much but because it’s moving down it’ll give a longer distance from the rear subframe to ball joint and hopefully give you enough space to pull it off
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It won’t easy the sideways so much but because it’s moving down it’ll give a longer distance from the rear subframe to ball joint and hopefully give you enough space to pull it off
Over thinking can lead to non-action...removing the shock did make the task VERY easy...thank you Englishtom!

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Glad I could help!
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