Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 118 d, BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 120 d, BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 120 d, BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 120 i, BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 118 d, BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 120 i, BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 125 i, BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 120 d View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change front springs on BMW 1 Series E82 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Springs for 1 Coupe (E82) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: coil springs – BMW E82. Tools you need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #13
Combination spanner #18
HEX bit no.H6.
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 15
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 21
Wheel impact socket #17
Shock absorber socket
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Crow bar
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: coil springs – BMW E82. 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.
  • Warning! Shut down the engine before starting any work – BMW E82.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the bonnet.
  2. Step 2
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    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Step 3
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    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  4. Step 4
    Changing Springs on BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 118d 2.0 2009 by yourself
    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount. Use a combination spanner #13.
  5. Step 5
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  6. Step 6
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  7. Step 7
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  8. Step 8
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW E82
  9. Step 9
    Changing of Springs on BMW E82 2006 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Remove the wheel.
  10. Step 10
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    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  11. Step 11
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #15. Use a ratchet wrench.
  12. Step 12
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    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  13. Step 13
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    Disconnect the ABS sensor wiring.
  14. Step 14
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    Detach the ABS sensor connector.
  15. Step 15
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  16. Step 16
    How to change Springs on BMW E82 2006 - free PDF and video manuals
    Clean the brake caliper bracket fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  17. Step 17
    How to replace BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 120 d 2007 Springs - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Unscrew the caliper bracket fastening. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench.
  18. Step 18
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    Remove the brake caliper together with its bracket.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Tie the caliper to the suspension or to the body with a wire without disconnecting from the brake hose to prevent depressurization of the brake system.Make sure that the brake caliper is not hanging on the brake hose.Don't press the brake pedal after the brake caliper has been removed. As a result, the piston can fall out from the brake cylinder, and brake fluid leakage and depressurization of the system may occur.
  19. Step 19
    Changing Springs on BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 118d 2.0 2009 by yourself
    Clean the fastener connecting the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  20. Step 20
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    Unscrew the end fastening nut to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #21. Use a ratchet wrench.
  21. Step 21
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    Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
  22. Step 22
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  23. Step 23
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    Unscrew the rear fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  24. Step 24
    Clean the fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 25
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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.
  25. Step 26
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    Unscrew the front arm fastener. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  26. Step 27
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    Remove the fastening bolts.
  27. Step 28
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    Remove the control arms. Use a crowbar.
  28. Step 29
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  29. Step 30
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    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  30. Step 31
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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. Use a ratchet wrench.
  31. Step 32
    How to change Springs on BMW E82 2006 - free PDF and video manuals
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack by 10-15 cm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW E82. Lower the transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging components and mechanisms.
  32. Step 33
    How to replace BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 120 d 2007 Springs - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
  33. Step 34
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    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW E82. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when undoing the fastening bolts.
  34. Step 35
    Changing Springs on BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 118d 2.0 2009 by yourself
    Remove the suspension strut.
  35. Step 36
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    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW E82. AUTODOC experts 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.
  36. Step 37
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    Compress the spring.
  37. Step 38
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    Remove the shock strut mount cap. Use a crowbar.
  38. Step 39
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  39. Step 40
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #21. Use HEX No.H6. Use a ratchet wrench.
  40. Step 41
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    Remove the top strut mount.
  41. Step 42
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    Release the coil spring.
  42. Step 43
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    Remove the spring.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW E82. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  43. Step 44
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    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  44. Step 45
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    Compress the spring.
  45. Step 46
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    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
  46. Step 47
    How to change Springs on BMW E82 2006 - free PDF and video manuals
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #21. Use HEX No.H6. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 64 Nm torque.
    Replacement: coil springs – BMW E82. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  47. Step 48
    How to replace BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 120 d 2007 Springs - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Treat the shock strut rod. Use copper grease.
  48. Step 49
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    Install the shock strut mount cap.
  49. Step 50
    Changing Springs on BMW 1 Coupe (E82) 118d 2.0 2009 by yourself
    Decompress the spring.
  50. Step 51
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    Remove the assembled shock strut.
  51. Step 52
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    Treat the shock strut mounting seat on the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
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