Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 120 d, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 130 i, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 118 i, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 120 i, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 118 d, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 120 d, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 120 i, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 116 d, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 130 i, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 118 d, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 120 i, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 116 d, BMW 1 Hatchback (E81) 120 d View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

This video shows the replacement procedure of a similar car part on another vehicle

All the parts you need to replace – Springs for 1 Hatchback (E81) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: coil springs – BMW 1 (E81). List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #13
Combination spanner #15
Combination spanner #18
Combination spanner #22
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 17
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 21
Torx bit T45
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Flat chisel
Hammer
Flat Screwdriver
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: coil springs – BMW 1 (E81). AUTODOC recommends:
  • Both coil springs of the front suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right coil springs of the front suspension.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW 1 (E81) – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 2
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. Step 3
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
    Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW 1 (E81)
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 6
    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 7
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut. Use a combination spanner #15. Use a drive socket #17. Use a ratchet wrench.
  6. Step 8
    Remove the stabilizer rod.
    Step 9
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    Disconnect the ABS sensor wiring. Use a flat screwdriver.
  7. Step 10
    Clean the fastener connecting the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 11
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    Unscrew the end fastening nut to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #22. Use Torx T45. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 12
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    Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
  9. Step 13
    Clean the fasteners connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 14
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    Loosen the front fastener of the control arm. Use a combination spanner #18.
  10. Step 15
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    Unscrew the rear fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces).
  11. Step 16
    Remove the rear fastener of the control arm.
    Step 17
    Clean the fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 18
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    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  12. Step 19
    Remove the fastening bolt.
    Step 20
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    Release the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a flat metal-working chisel. Use a hammer.
  13. Step 21
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    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW 1 (E81). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Make sure that the steering knuckle is supported.
  14. Step 22
    Lower the car.
    Step 23
    Open the bonnet.
    Step 24
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 25
    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 26
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    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount. Use a combination spanner #13. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW 1 (E81)
  15. Step 27
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  16. Step 28
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    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW 1 (E81). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Note that when using a spring compressor, spring coils need to be securely gripped, compressing the spring on the opposite sides.Ensure the correct position of the spring in the retainer.Make sure that the spring coils tightly entered the lock handles.
  17. Step 29
    Compress the spring.
    Step 30
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    Remove the shock strut mount cap. Use a flat screwdriver.
  18. Step 31
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  19. Step 32
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #21. Use a ratchet wrench.
  20. Step 33
    Release the coil spring.
    Step 34
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    Remove the top strut mount. Use a flat screwdriver.
  21. Step 35
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    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW 1 (E81). Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  22. Step 36
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    Remove the spring.
  23. Step 37
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    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  24. Step 38
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    Install the boot and a bump stop onto the shock absorber.
  25. Step 39
    Compress the spring.
    Step 40
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    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing. Use a flat screwdriver.
  26. Step 41
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    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #21. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 64 Nm torque.
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW 1 (E81). Tip from AUTODOC:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  27. Step 42
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    Install the shock strut mount cap.
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