Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci, MITSUBISHI COLT VI (Z3_A, Z2_A) 1.5 DI-D

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on BMW 3 (E46) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

video
Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E46 convertible. 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
All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for 3 Convertible (E46) and other BMW models
How to change Shock Absorber on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330Ci 3.0 – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Shock Absorber
How to change Shock Absorber on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci – tips for proper car maintenance
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Shock Absorber on MITSUBISHI COLT VI (Z3_A, Z2_A) 1.5 DI-D
MITSUBISHI COLT VI (Z3_A, Z2_A) 1.5 DI-D
Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E46 convertible. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • Both shock struts of the front suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock struts of the front suspension.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E46 convertible. Recommended sequence of steps:
Was this manual helpful?
Please rate this manual on a scale from 1 to 5. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us.
Users voted – 0
Your profile is your personal assistant.

It can track car expenses, keep a car log and replacement schedule, and save favourite materials, notes and documents

Install the AUTODOC CLUB app!
Your personal car expenses manager, maintenance tips, reminders about upcoming appointments and service intervals, DIY repair instructions – all this on your phone.
Google Play AUTODOC Club App
App Store AUTODOC Club App
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) Shock Absorber replace by yourself - Scan QR-code and download AUTODOC CLUB app
Scan

To download the app:

  • - scan the QR code
  • - download from App Store
  • - download from Google Play
DIY BMW 3 Convertible (E46) Shock Absorber replacement - online guide
Tips & tricks for your BMW 3 Convertible (E46)
View more
  • How to change Shock absorbers on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 325Ci 2.5 - replacement tricks
    How to paint a brake caliper | AUTODOC tips
  • Changing Shocks BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330Ci 3.0 - Replacement Tips
    How to easily repair a punctured tyre | AUTODOC tips
  • Maintenance Hacks - BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 320Ci 2.2 Struts replacement guide
    Things you should never do with your manual transmission | AUTODOC tips
  • Replace Struts and shocks on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) - free video tips
    Changing the power steering fluid | AUTODOC tips