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Old 04-29-2021, 08:50 PM
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Front Lower Control Arms

Front *axle* not front arm. From the OP photo it's quite clear this thread is talking about the rear of axle control arm. #10 is the part this thread is talking about
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this is the part we are discussing - hopefully, we can get clear on what it's called.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PAr...ew?usp=sharing
It's called control arm but BMW calls it "Wishbone". It's around US$61 (Meyle) at FCPEURO. OEM is like US$271. Just replace the entire arm as the bushing on the other end (in the subframe connection) may gone too or on it's way out.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...-31126760276my

Note the part numbers:
Left 31126760275
right 31126760276
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.... and here're the DIY instructions. Note the torque values. Must be tightened when the vehicle is on the ground or improvise that e.g. jacking up the steering knuckle to mimic vehicle on the ground (careful here, can be dangerous). It is necessary after reinstallation to carry out a wheel/chassis alignment check.
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Nice video DIY here from autodoc. I like their videos done by a pro mechanic. He improvises by just using a hammer to pound out the control arm from the steering knuckle! No need for the ball-joint removal tool! See how he lifts the knuckle to improvise ride height while tightening the bolts.

https://youtu.be/l5_AK5mhj3o
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That's the video where I learned the tuning fork trick. (hit the part sideways so it "rings"; you get 100-300 vibrations per second).
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