Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E46. Tools you'll need:
Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E46. Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #19
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 17
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 19
Drive socket # 22
HEX bit No.H6.
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Water pump pliers
Flat Screwdriver
Ball joint puller
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Fender cover
Wheel chock
All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for 3 Saloon (E46) and other BMW models
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Shock Absorber
How to change Shock Absorber on BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i – tips for proper car maintenance
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Shock Absorber on BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
Easy tricks to help you to replace Shock Absorber on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
How to change Suspension Strut on BMW E46 320d 2.0 – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Suspension Strut
How to change Suspension Strut on BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i – tips for proper car maintenance
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Suspension Strut on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E46. 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. Use the following procedure:
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