Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 323 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 330 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 330 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 320 Cd, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 330 Cd, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 325 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 320 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 320 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 328 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 323 Ci 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 3 Coupe (E46) and other BMW models
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Coil spring
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Coil spring buffer
Tools
Replacement: coil springs – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #17
Combination spanner #19
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 21
Drive socket # 22
HEX bit No.H7
Shock absorber socket
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Crow bar
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: coil springs – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). Tip from AUTODOC:
  • 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.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: coil springs – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
    Open the bonnet.
    Step 2
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 3
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. Step 4
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
    Step 5
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW 3 Coupe (E46)
  4. Step 6
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 7
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    Clean the fasteners connecting the stabiliser link to the shock strut, and those connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  6. Step 8
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    Unscrew the nut and remove the stabilizer rod from the shock strut. Use HEX No.H7. Use a combination spanner #17. Use a ratchet wrench.
  7. Step 9
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    Unscrew the ball joint fastening to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #19.
  8. Step 10
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    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #21. Use a tap wrench.
  9. Step 11
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    Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut.
  10. Step 12
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    Release the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a special drive socket to remove the shock absorber.
  11. Step 13
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    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  12. Step 14
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    Disconnect the lower arm from the steering knuckle.
  13. Step 15
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    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack by 10-15 cm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). Lower the transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging components and mechanisms.
  14. Step 16
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    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
  15. Step 17
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    Unscrew the shock absorber mount fastening. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  16. Step 18
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    Unscrew the upper fasteners of the shock strut.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    BMW 3 Coupe (E46) – To avoid injury, hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts.
  17. Step 19
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  18. Step 20
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    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). Professionals recommend:
    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.
  19. Step 21
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    Compress the spring.
  20. Step 22
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    Remove the shock strut mount cap. Use a crowbar.
  21. Step 23
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #22. Use HEX No.H7.
  22. Step 24
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    Remove the top strut mount.
  23. Step 25
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    Release the coil spring.
  24. Step 26
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    Remove the spring.
  25. Step 27
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    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  26. Step 28
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    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  27. Step 29
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    Install the boot and a bump stop onto the shock absorber.
  28. Step 30
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    Compress the spring.
  29. Step 31
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    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing. Use a crowbar.
  30. Step 32
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    Treat the fasteners of the shock strut mount. Use WD-40 spray.
  31. Step 33
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    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #22. Use HEX No.H7. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 64 Nm torque.
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  32. Step 34
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    Decompress the spring.
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