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This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 323 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 320 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 325 Ci View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change front strut mount / top munt BMW 3 (E46) Coupe [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. 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: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. Professionals 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 E46 convertible – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the bonnet.
  2. Step 2
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  3. Step 3
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  4. Step 4
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  5. Step 5
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. Tip from AUTODOC:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  6. Step 6
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    Remove the wheel.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Step 9
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    Unscrew the ball joint fastening to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #19.
  10. 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.
  11. Step 11
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    Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut.
  12. 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.
  13. Step 13
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    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  14. Step 14
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    Disconnect the lower arm from the steering knuckle.
  15. Step 15
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    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack by 10-15 cm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. Lower the transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging components and mechanisms.
  16. Step 16
    How to change Strut Mount on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 2000 - free PDF and video manuals
    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
  17. Step 17
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    Unscrew the shock absorber mount fastening. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  18. Step 18
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    Unscrew the upper fasteners of the shock strut.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when undoing the fastening bolts.
  19. Step 19
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  20. Step 20
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    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. 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.
  21. Step 21
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    Compress the spring.
  22. Step 22
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    Remove the shock strut mount cap. Use a crowbar.
  23. Step 23
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #22. Use HEX No.H7.
  24. Step 24
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    Remove the top strut mount.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Examine the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop. Replace them if necessary.
  25. Step 25
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    Install a new top shock strut mount. Use a crowbar.
  26. Step 26
    Replacing Strut Mount on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 2002 330 Ci by yourself
    Treat the fasteners of the shock strut mount. Use WD-40 spray.
  27. Step 27
    3 Convertible (E46) 323Ci 2.5 2003 Strut Mount DIY replacement workshop manual
    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: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. Tip:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  28. Step 28
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    Decompress the spring.
  29. Step 29
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    Install the shock strut mount cap.
  30. Step 30
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    Remove the assembled shock strut.
  31. Step 31
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    Install the shock strut into the wheel arch.
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