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Old Apr 14th, 2014, 07:01 PM
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Recently I had to have some work done on my mini, replaced pads and rotors and rear tires (then replaced a hub that discount stripped) the tech who worked on the car for me let me know that my front right lower control arm needs to be replaced.

My mini is an 05 basic model hatchback, i'm wondering what all i need to buy with the control arm because what ive searched on rock auto confuses me a little, I'm feeling that i need to pick up the control arm, bushing and a ball joint, however there seems to be two different types of ball joints, front right lower, front right inner.

I am confused, I need to buy these parts asap but i don't want to buy incomplete or buy what i wont need, any advice and guidance is really appreciated.
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really do need some handy advice if anyone could be so accommodating for me, i start a new job monday and i need to have this replaced asap.
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If you're doing this yourself, first, you'll need to lower the front subframe.
You'll have to remove both the inner ball joint and outer ball joint from the old control arm and
fit them to the new control arm. You usually need some kind of ball joint puller tool to do that,
or you could just get new ball joints for the new control arm as they press fit in easier than they come out.
You also need some tools to press the bushing out of the old and into the new control arm.
If you can't get or make a suitable tool, dropping the subframe altogether would make things easier.
There are some YouTube videos on this subject if you search a bit.
I wouldn't try to re-use the old control arm bushing. In fact, I'd recommend using a Polyflex ones
since they last a lot longer than the OEM ones, and they position the suspension more firmly and
they add very little extra NoiseVibrationHarshness to the suspension.
Lastly (or perhaps firstly), if you have aimable headlights (Xenons), and if this is the left control arm,
mark the position of the vehicle level sensor bracket before unbolting so you can put it back
in the same spot as it started.

If you're just getting parts for the mechanic, I'd vote for replacing both ball joints and the bushing
along with the control arm. They're probably in the same sorry state as the old control arm.

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