Awk­ward link arm

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

This 2003 BMW M3 had failed its MOT on a miss­ing rear link arm. The owner told us that he was go­ing to re­place it but hadn’t had time. As the old arm was nowhere to be seen, it was ob­vi­ous that the owner had re­moved it, then de­cided that fit­ting the re­place­ment was not as easy. With the link arm lo­cated in an in­ac­ces­si­ble po­si­tion on the rear sus­pen­sion, I can quite un­der­stand.

The lower sec­tion of the link arm has a rub­ber bush that pushes onto the anti-roll bar, while the top sec­tion has to be bolted onto a bracket that at­taches to the rear arm. Even with the ben­e­fit of a ramp, ac­cess to the fix­ings is very tight and fit­ting the new link arm is quite a fid­dle.

The off­side link arm was in place, but the near­side arm was miss­ing.

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