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BMW 7 Series (F01/F02) 2008-2015 Service Manual / Rear Axle / Control Arms And Struts / Removing And Installing/Replacing Lower Left Or Right Cover (Wheel Arch)

BMW 7 Series: Removing And Installing/Replacing Lower Left Or Right Cover (Wheel Arch)

Necessary preliminary tasks

  • Remove UNDERBODY PROTECTION.

Release all screws (1).

Remove cover.

Replacement

From April 09 the snap fasteners are discontinued and replaced by a conventional screw connection.

Control Arms And Struts
Fig. 103: Identifying Cover And Screws

REPLACING A BALL JOINT IN LEFT OR RIGHT SWINGING ARM/LOWER WHEEL CARRIER

Necessary preliminary tasks

  • Remove PUSH ROD/INTEGRAL LINK
  • Remove spring strut from wheel carrier
  • Vehicle without air suspension:
    • Remove spring strut from wheel carrier
  • Vehicle with air suspension:
    • Deactivate AIR SPRING SYSTEM
    • Release air
    • Remove SPRING STRUT from wheel carrier
  • Remove SWINGING ARM from wheel carrier

Secure special tool 31 5 220 with wheel studs to drive flange.

Support axle carrier with special tool 31 5 220 and workshop jack 00 2 030.

Control Arms And Struts
Fig. 104: Supporting Axle Carrier With Special Tool (31 5 220) And Workshop Jack (00 2 030)

Remove snap ring (1).

Installation: Install retaining ring (1).

Control Arms And Struts
Fig. 105: Identifying Snap Ring And Retaining Ring

Pull out ball joint with special tools 33 4 193, 33 4 191, 33 4 192 and 33 3 333.

Control Arms And Struts
Fig. 106: Pulling Ball Joint Using Special Tools (33 4 193), (33 4 191) And (33 4 192)

Fit new ball joint (1) with special tools 33 3 333, 33 4 192, 33 4 191 and 33 4 194.

Control Arms And Struts
Fig. 107: Installing Ball Joint With Special Tools (33 3 333), (33 4 192) And (33 4 191)

After installation

  • Perform chassis/wheel alignment check.

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