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Old 09-12-2019, 12:02 AM
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thanks for the input everyone. i think i'll try to change the guide links too and i will take it for an alignment.

oldskewel, i think i know the bushings you are referring to. i've been considering them. as for the camber adjustment, i know from the previous alignment that it's already at the limit.
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When camber is at max is a sure sign of a worn part. If it changes fast it's usually a control arm, slow, ball joint.


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what i meant was that the guy who did the alignment told me that he can't adjust it more to fix the negative camber.
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Yep. That's exactly what happens when the parts wear out. Usually if it's slow process its a ball joint on the knuckle but if it happens almost instantly something broke in a control arm.

As the ball joint wears one can adjust the camber to compensate for a while but eventually you hit the limit of adjustment and still can't get to spec.


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but since the mechanic adjusted the camber to the max, should't the wheel stay straight or almost straight? considering that i changed the ball joint and the rear upper control arm. i am beginning to think that it might be the swing arm bushings. how long do those things last usually?
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Old 09-14-2019, 12:55 AM
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Any part can fail at any time. One of my X5 buddies replaced all his suspension parts when he bought his X5, and less than 11 months later he suddenly had to steer quite right to drive straight. It was a bushing in the front (rear axle) upper arm


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but since the mechanic adjusted the camber to the max, should't the wheel stay straight or almost straight? considering that i changed the ball joint and the rear upper control arm. i am beginning to think that it might be the swing arm bushings. how long do those things last usually?

I needed new ball joints at 140,000 miles. Both upper arms were worn - the larger wishbone quite badly on the outer joint, the smaller arms not bad but the boots had perished, so all arms and brake line retainers changed, along with the integral links (not visibly worn but may as well replace when all of this was in pieces).
The lower arm inner bushes were absolutely fine. I’d have changed them we’re there any doubt at all. Strangely, the anti-roll bar links were also good so I left these alone as well.
When taking for alignment, like all E53s the rear looks visibly negative camber, the alignment shop adjusts toe to keep the contact patch controlled.
Experience of many BMW vehicles with multi-link rear suspension tells me to check alignment regardless every 30-40,000 miles. My usage has a lot of highway so others may advise earlier intervals.
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I've had excessive negative camber at the rear on a suspension without anything obviously broken.

When we pulled the upper arm the bushing had taken a set inward. Not broken, but deformed.

Replacing those was enough to get camber into spec twice for me.

And yes, plus 1 to toe being the real inside tread killer. Although when the camber gets crazy (past 2.5deg that the E53 rears can get sometimes), yeah, you get wear.
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I am anticipating a rear suspension refreshing. Is there a parts list link somewhere to identify what to get ahead of time rather than just looking at realoem?
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