Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 i, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 i xDrive, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 i, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 i, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 si, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 si, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 sd, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 sd, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 25 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 18 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 35 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 i, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 si xDrive, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 i, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 si View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change front strut mount on BMW X3 E83 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Strut Mount for X3 (E83) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: strut mount – BMW X3 E83. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #16
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 19
Drive socket # 21
HEX bit No.H6
Shock absorber socket
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Crow bar
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: strut mount – BMW X3 E83. 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.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW X3 E83 – 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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    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
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    Loosen the upper fasteners of the suspension strut. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  5. Step 5
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 6
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  6. Step 7
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  7. Step 8
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW X3 E83
  8. Step 9
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    Remove the wheel.
  9. Step 10
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    Disconnect the brake hose.
  10. Step 11
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    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  11. Step 12
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  12. Step 13
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    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  13. Step 14
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    Disconnect the ABS sensor wiring.
  14. Step 15
    Clean the lower fastener connecting the suspension strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 16
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    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 17
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  16. Step 18
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    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  17. Step 19
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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.
  18. Step 20
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW X3 E83. After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  19. Step 21
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a combination spanner #16. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  20. Step 22
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack by 10-15 cm.
    Step 23
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    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
  21. Step 24
    Unscrew the upper fasteners of the shock strut.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    BMW X3 E83 – To avoid injury, hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts.
    Step 25
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  22. Step 26
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    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW X3 E83. 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.
  23. Step 27
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    Compress the spring.
  24. Step 28
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    Remove the shock strut mount cap. Use a crowbar.
  25. Step 29
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  26. Step 30
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #21. Use HEX No.H6. Use a ratchet wrench.
  27. Step 31
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    Remove the top strut mount.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW X3 E83. AUTODOC recommends:
    Examine the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop. Replace them if necessary.
  28. Step 32
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    Install a new top shock strut mount.
  29. Step 33
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    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #19. Use HEX No.H6. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 64 Nm torque.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW X3 E83. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  30. Step 34
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use copper grease.
  31. Step 35
    Install the shock strut mount cap.
    Step 36
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    Decompress the spring.
  32. Step 37
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    Remove the assembled shock strut.
  33. Step 38
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    Clean the mounting seats of the shock strut. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  34. Step 39
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    Install the shock strut into the wheel arch.
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