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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 Sun, Dec-09-2018, 05:11:20 AM   #11
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Default Re: Front Ball Joints Failed

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I asked the same question years ago. Because the arms are aluminum they can't be repressed. Replacement ball joints don't exist. This was direct from Lemforder.
Beat me to it.

Pressing them can warp the aluminum due to it being so soft iirc
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Default Re: Front Ball Joints Failed

In reviewing my original comment, I didn't clearly describe my problem. I don't have any steering/suspension problems with the ball joint. The problem is a torn rubber grease boot, which seems to be leaking the grease. Maybe a better question is whether I can source a replacement grease boot. Both front wheels seem to be very solid, with no shake or vibration, so I'm reluctant to spend the money to replace both wishbones due to a grease leak. Anyone ever perform this repair, or know of a source for such a part?
Thanks, guys.
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Default Re: Front Ball Joints Failed

Hey
Replacement FCA Ball joints are only available for Merle HD FCA’s.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...31121126253hmy

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...-31126758510my

But buy from FCP and you get new ones next time they need replacing as per their “Guaranteed for life” policy...


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Old Sun, Dec-09-2018, 06:22:02 PM   #14
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In reviewing my original comment, I didn't clearly describe my problem. I don't have any steering/suspension problems with the ball joint. The problem is a torn rubber grease boot, which seems to be leaking the grease. Maybe a better question is whether I can source a replacement grease boot. Both front wheels seem to be very solid, with no shake or vibration, so I'm reluctant to spend the money to replace both wishbones due to a grease leak. Anyone ever perform this repair, or know of a source for such a part?

Thanks, guys.

Doubt that you can just buy the boot. I’d try and find a boot from an old control arm. See if you can get it off intact.

You can try pulling the boot off, degreasing it and then use silicone to glue it back together.

You’re likely going to have to buy a new control arm. Probably not worth trying to repair what you have.


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Replacement FCA Ball joints are only available for Merle HD FCA’s.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...31121126253hmy

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...-31126758510my

But buy from FCP and you get new ones next time they need replacing as per their “Guaranteed for life” policy...


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Old Sun, Dec-09-2018, 07:26:00 PM   #16
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Default Re: Front Ball Joints Failed

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Replacement FCA Ball joints are only available for Merle HD FCA’s.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...31121126253hmy

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...-31126758510my

But buy from FCP and you get new ones next time they need replacing as per their “Guaranteed for life” policy...


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Note that the M3 isn't on that list...
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