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Old 09-10-2019, 11:23 PM
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I finally managed to put everything back together without compressing the spring...i used a scissor-jack...and with small adjustments and a good few hours of trying, everything turned out fine. but at least i'll know for next time...thanks everyone
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:41 AM
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Here is the previous thread Scot ZHP was referring to...Great info. I may make a modied bottle jack.


I just made my own -
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Old 11-12-2019, 05:24 PM
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Following up:

'06 X5 3.0 w/92,000 miles & rear coil springs (no air suspension)

To recap - My driver's side rear suspension made creaking noises in late summer. I then noticed excessive negative camber on the rear wheel, with driver's side rear wheel tilting in at the top far more than the passenger side. Upon inspection I noticed that rubber/plastic spring perch that supports the coil spring was distorted and not in its hole correctly.

I first replaced rear upper control arm & rubber perch - no change in camber.

I then changed the rear ball joint. Once I got to it I noticed it had obviously failed as it moved freely. I raised coil spring with my modified jack (see above post) and removed long bottom bolt and integral link bolt. I had purchased the CTA E53/E39 rear balljoint tool ($120) and it worked great and came out easily. Re-installation of the new balljoint with the CTA tool was also a breeze.

Re-connecting lower arm with carrier was a big challenge for me as I had difficulty getting the lower rear arm and wheel carrier lined up to insert the long bolt.

I then removed the lower strut bolt, but left the lower strut bolt in the lower arm to use as a lever point. I then used a long wooden 2x2 to lever the arm down to the wheel carrier, which eventually worked. Next one will be easier, but what a hassle.

you DO have to take spring pressure off the carrier - either with spring compressors (most don't fit) or a modified jack with fingers.

Anyway, the balljoint replacement fixed my negative camber! I will probably bring it in for an alignment, but haven't yet.
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:35 PM
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You can get very close with a level for camber and a string around the front and back tire for toe.

1/16" spacer in front of the string on the leadinf wdke of both front and back tires at the fastest part works perfectly to achieve 0.15 toe front and back right in the center of spec.
E53 / M54 2001 3.0i gas LHD (pair of them: his & her)
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