Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 323 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 328 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 320 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 330 xi, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 320 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 325 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 316 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 330 Cd, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 330 Ci View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: strut mount – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). 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
Wheel chock
Fender cover
Replacement: strut mount – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the mounts of the left and right shock struts of the front suspension.
  • All mounts of the front shock struts should be replaced simultaneously.
  • Be sure to replace all self-locking nuts and bolts during installation.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW 3 Coupe (E46) – 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 3 Coupe (E46)
  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
    Loosen the front fastener of the control arm. Use a combination spanner #18.
    Step 15
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    Unscrew the rear fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces).
  10. Step 16
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    Remove the rear fastener of the control arm.
  11. 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
    Release the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a flat metal-working chisel. Use a hammer.
    Step 21
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    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). AUTODOC recommends:
    Make sure that the steering knuckle is supported.
  13. 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:
    BMW 3 Coupe (E46) – To avoid injury, hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts.
  14. Step 27
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  15. Step 28
    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). Tip from AUTODOC:
    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.
    Step 29
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    Compress the spring.
  16. Step 30
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  17. Step 31
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #21. Use a ratchet wrench.
  18. Step 32
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    Remove the top strut mount. Use a flat screwdriver.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Examine the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop. Replace them if necessary.
  19. Step 33
    Clean the mounting seat of the shock strut mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 34
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    Install a new top shock strut mount.
  20. Step 35
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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: strut mount – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). Tip:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  21. Step 36
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    Decompress the spring.
  22. Step 37
    Remove the assembled shock strut.
    Step 38
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    Install the shock strut into the wheel arch.
  23. Step 39
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    Screw the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    BMW 3 Coupe (E46) – To avoid injury, hold the suspension strut while screwing in the fastening bolts.
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