I need to get my control arms replaced on my car, the shop I would normally go to is telling me it's a 5 hour job. It's a two hour job at the most. Can anyone recommend a place?
might be a hike, but CARS inc. in Salem, NH is a very good shop and they specialize in Euro cars. They have absolutely the best service and customer understandings I have experienced, and continuously have returning customers due to their quality of repair for exotics and normal cars. Might be a hike though, but right off the 93 highway over the NH border.
buddy of mine works at http://www.autoengineering.com
not sure on the pricing but they do quality work
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what car are you looking to get it done on?
also which control arms need to be done? Lower arms tend to be really easy but upper arms can be a bitch
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I think I might diy it now. I just found a really good tutorial.
I just need to get myself some jack stands.
Last edited by Mike Qube; 08-09-12 at 01:33 PM.
Pressing the new bushing in is cake on a vice, just lube the metal ring first. I use offset hole bushings to increase caster on the E30's. Applying enough pressure to put them back on the arm is tough because of the angles. Stock one's with the hole in the center are 10X easier.
Use laundry detergent as a lube. Get the weight of the car on the suspension as quickly as possible after pressing the bushings on and bolting everything together. The manuals all recommend final bolt torques after the weight is on the suspension.
Edit: After looking at the size of those bushings, getting them out of the lollipop loos waaaay easier on a E46 than an E30!
Last edited by e30addict; 08-09-12 at 05:56 PM.
I have only brought my car here for oil changes but people like these guys. Doesn't hurt to see what they charge.
Village european is where all the techs went when we left auto engineering. I vote for village euro.
The 21?mm nut on top of the subframe can be a bit of a pain. A ratcheting wrench makes the job easier in lieu of a 21mm flex socket on a really long extension. Having new bushings makes the job 10x easier. Yes, just chuck the old bushings.
Mike, I like Smooth Automotive in West Medford, they've treated me well. Additionally, if you want, I have a pair of jack stands and Rhino Ramps you can use if you DIY
We use Fastrack Automotive and Peabody Sunoco, both in Peabody and thus not particularly close to Mefa. But low price and BMW service seem to be mutually exclusive. I'd think the BMWCCA could recommend a place: they're very active in this area.
Last edited by Garandman; 08-09-12 at 05:55 PM.
Be sure to triple check yourself before you mash the thrust bushing onto the control arm, and use lots of lube.
This is a very easy DIY. The first one will take an hour, the second one will take 20 minutes... A pickle fork works fine (you're replacing the arms anyway, you don't need to worry about ripping the boots). The bushings do have a front/back, and a left/right. Do one side at a time. If the bushings come mounted in the holder - lay the old one on the ground, and build one just like it from the new parts.
If I could pick them up at the end of the week or this coming weekend, that would be very awesome.
If you're still looking, Import Autowerks in Braintree does great work.