BMW Cars 1999-06

Lower Control Arms


Removal & Installation

E36 Models
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  3. Remove the rear wheel.
  5. Matchmark the lower control arm-to-trailing arm eccentric washer to retain the camber settings during installation.
  7. Disconnect the driveshaft from the differential. Refer to Section 7 for specific details if necessary.
  9. Support the differential assembly and remove the two upper and lower mounting bolts, and leaving the axles attached.
  11. Support the trailing arm and remove the control arm-to-trailing arm locknut and through bolt. Make sure the eccentric washer is matchmarked.
  13. Move the differential enough to access the lower control arm-to-subframe fastener and remove, then remove the control arm.

To install:

  1. Installation is in reverse order of assembly, noting the following rear suspension fastener torque specifications :

    Upper control arm-to-subframe M12 10.9 fasteners: 57 ft. lbs. (77 Nm)
    Lower control arm-to-subframe M12 10.9 fasteners: 57 ft. lbs. (77 Nm)
    Control arm top/bottom-to-trailing arm bolts: 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm)
    Trailing arm bushing bracket-to-body bolts: 57 ft. lbs. (77 Nm)
    Trailing arm bushing-to-bracket through bolt: 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm)
    Lower shock mounting bolt: 57 ft. lbs. (77 Nm), or if marked 10.9, 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).