How much does it cost to replace bushings on a BMW?

The average cost for a BMW 328i suspension control arm bushings replacement is between $234 and $347. Labor costs are estimated between $170 and $214 while parts are priced between $65 and $132.

Can you just replace control arm bushings?

On some cars, control-arm bushings cannot be replaced separately, so the mechanic may have to replace the control arm itself. Dried-out bushings can also be a source of squeaks. New bushings, though, can markedly improve the ride and handling of a vehicle that’s been in use for several years.

What are control arm bushings?

Control arms are what hold the wheels of the car in place and help dictate the steering movement of the vehicle. The bushings are what connect the control arms to the frame of the vehicle and help the wheels stay on the road through rough terrain.

Can a bad control arm cause vibration?

One of the first symptoms commonly associated with bad control arms is steering wheel vibrations. If the bushings or ball joints in the control arm become excessively worn it can cause wheel shimmy, which may cause vibrations that may be felt in the wheel.

How hard is it to replace bushings?

Bushings are rubberized sleeves or linings that reduce friction or vibration at mechanical joints. Bad bushings here can lead to popping noises, irregular wear on your tires, and a shaky steering wheel. It’s relatively easy and cost-effective to replace these bushings by yourself — with the right tools and techniques.

What causes bushings to go bad?

Bushings are liable to become worn over time on various components due to friction, stress and age. Prolonged, recurrent exposure to engine heat can cause bushings to wear down at a hastened rate.

Can you drive without bushings?

To be blunt, no, it’s not safe to drive a vehicle that have any bushings that are completely broken. When they fail, those components can snap and cause serious damage to the vehicle, but more importantly, it will create a serious safety hazard for you and any occupants in the vehicle.

What kind of bushing do I need for BMW control arm?

You can choose the BMW Z4M control arm bushings for an OEM upgrade. They will give you additional caster over the M3 bushings. Either way, you’ll need to press the new bushing onto the control arm. The tool required to do that is linked below. You will need to remove the underbody protection to get to the front suspension.

How to replace the control arms, bushing, ball joints?

Use a 16mm socket to remove the nuts holding the link to the strut and the sway bar and counter hold it using a 16mm wrench. Start by identifying the control arm and its corresponding bushing. Both the control arm and the bushing are specific to their respective side of the car.

When do you need replacement bushings and joints?

When bushings and joints wear out, tolerances weaken, and the steering feel becomes diluted. For cars designed with high performance driving in mind, like the BMW E46 M3, precise steering feel and control is a must. Even when not pushed hard, the bushings and joints will eventually wear, leading to a need for replacement.