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How to Replace Your BMW Stabilizer Links
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

How to Replace Your BMW Stabilizer Links

Nick Czerula

Time:

1.5 hours

Tab:

$100

Talent:

***

Tools:

Set of sockets (16mm), 15 or 16mm wrench

Applicable Models:

BMW 325i Sedan (2006)
BMW 325xi Sedan/Wagon (2006)
BMW 328i xDrive Coupe (2009-13)
BMW 328i xDrive Sedan (2009-11)
BMW 328i xDrive Wagon (2009-12)
BMW 328i/xi Coupe (2007-13)
BMW 328i/xi Sedan (2007-11)
BMW 328i/xi Wagon (2007-12)
BMW 330i/xi Sedan (2006)
BMW 335d/i/xi Sedan (2007-11)
BMW 335i xDrive Coupe (2009-13)
BMW 335i xDrive Sedan (2009-11)
BMW 335i/is/xi Coupe (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Stabilizer link (front and rear)

Hot Tip:

Replace fronts at same time

Performance Gain:

Replace faulty stabilizer links

Complementary Modification:

Replace sway bar bushing

The stabilizer link connects the vehicle stabilizer bar to the front strut or rear lower control arm. The connecting links wear out over time. When they begin to fail, you may have a knocking noise in the front end when driving over bumps or when steering the vehicle. To inspect stabilizer links, jack front of vehicle and wiggle wheel back and forth, while wiggling the wheel, listen for a noise from link. If no noise is heard, place your hand around the ends of the link and monitor for looseness as you wiggle the wheel.

Raise and support front of vehicle on jack stands. See our tech article on jacking up your vehicle.

Remove wheel from side of vehicle you are replacing link on.

Front stabilizer links:
Working at front strut, remove stabilizer link nut by counter holding link with a 17mm wrench and loosening 16mm nut.
Figure 1

Working at front strut, remove stabilizer link nut by counter holding link with a 17mm wrench and loosening 16mm nut. The stabilizer link has a flat spot for holding while tightening.

Working at front stabilizer bar, remove stabilizer link nut by counter holding link with a 17mm wrench and loosening 16mm nut.
Figure 2

Working at front stabilizer bar, remove stabilizer link nut by counter holding link with a 17mm wrench and loosening 16mm nut.

Next, remove stabilizer link from vehicle.
Figure 3

Next, remove stabilizer link from vehicle. Reverse removal instructions for installation. Install new stabilizer link with new self-locking nuts.

Rear stabilizer links:
Working at rear sway bar, remove stabilizer link nut by counter holding link with a pair of vise grips and loosening 16mm nut.
Figure 4

Working at rear sway bar, remove stabilizer link nut by counter holding link with a pair of vise grips and loosening 16mm nut. The stabilizer link has a flat spot for holding while tightening but requires a thin wrench. If you do not have a thin 17mm wrench, use vise grips with a curved jaw as shown in photo.

Next you have to remove the lower fastener.
Figure 5

Next you have to remove the lower fastener. It is a 13mm bolt (green arrow) and is tough to get to. I like to use a 13mm swivel socket on a long extension to access it.

Working at rear lower control arm, remove 13mm fastener using a swivel socket and a long extension.
Figure 6

Working at rear lower control arm, remove 13mm fastener using a swivel socket and a long extension.

Next, remove stabilizer link from vehicle.
Figure 7

Next, remove stabilizer link from vehicle. Reverse removal instructions for installation. Install new stabilizer link with new self-locking nut and bolt.

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Comments and Suggestions:
sisspc Comments: Are you not supposed to load the suspension when installing new front stabilizer bar links?
September 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Yangorang Comments: Is there a particular think wrench that works for this application? When using a regular thickness one I accidentally pushed the boot of the end link off of it's little groove.
September 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Wrench thickness varies depending manufacturer. You can push the boot back on if it came off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
oldschool Comments: Front stabilizer bar link to stabilizer bar M8 bolts 16ft-lb and M10 bolts 44 ft-lb.
Front stabilizer bar link to strut M10 bolts 44 ft-lb.
Replace all hardware with new bolts.

Rear to subframe M8 bolts are 15.4ft-lbs and rear to stabilizer bar M10 bolts are 42.7ft-lb
December 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Yangorang Comments: I have a 2008 BMW 328xi. Is there a particular torque for these end links?
November 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes.I don’t have that info.


I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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