Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 545 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 535 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 523 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 540 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 550 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 xi, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 xi, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 xd, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 535 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 xi, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 523 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 xd, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 xi, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 535 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 xd, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 i xDrive, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 540 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 523 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 525 d View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on BMW E60 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Shock absorber
How to change Suspension Strut on BMW E60 530d 3.0 – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Suspension Strut
Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E60. Tools you need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #10
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #18
Combination spanner #21
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 21
Drive socket # 22
Torx bit T30
Torx bit T40
HEX bit no.H6.
HEX bit no.H7.
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Flat chisel
Hammer
Tap wrench
Clip removal tool
Phillips screwdriver
Crow bar
Ball joint puller
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E60. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • 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 E60. Take the following steps:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Open the bonnet.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530d 3.0 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Step 3
    BMW E60 525d 2.5 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Unscrew the fasteners of the suspension strut mount cover. Use a Phillips screwdriver. Use a clip removal tool.
  4. Step 4
    Changing Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520i 2.2 2004 by yourself
    Remove the protective cap from the shock absorber strut mount.
  5. Step 5
    How to remove BMW 5 SERIES 525d 3.0 2005 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  6. Step 6
    How to replace Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2006: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  7. Step 7
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on BMW E60 530 d 2007 - download illustrated guide
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  8. Step 8
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  9. Step 9
    Changing of Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2009 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  10. Step 10
    BMW 5 SERIES 530d 3.0 Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW E60
  11. Step 11
    Replacing Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2001 530d 3.0 by yourself
    Remove the wheel.
  12. Step 12
    5 Saloon (E60) 525d 3.0 2002 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut.
  13. Step 13
    How to change Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2003 - tips and tricks
    Clean the fasteners of the headlight levelling sensor. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step 14
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement BMW E60 2004 525d 3.0 Shock Absorber
    Unscrew the fasteners of the headlight levelling sensor. Use a combination spanner #10.
  15. Step 15
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 d 2005 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Disconnect the headlight levelling sensor.
  16. Step 16
    How to change Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Clean the fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  17. Step 17
    How to replace BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530d 3.0 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer link to the shock strut. Use a combination spanner #16. Use Torx T30. Use a ratchet wrench.
  18. Step 18
    BMW E60 525d 2.5 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Remove the stabilizer rod.
  19. Step 19
    Changing Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520i 2.2 2004 by yourself
    Unscrew the fastener of the stabiliser link bracket. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  20. Step 20
    How to remove BMW 5 SERIES 525d 3.0 2005 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    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.
  21. Step 21
    How to replace Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2006: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Clean the fastener connecting the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  22. Step 22
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on BMW E60 530 d 2007 - download illustrated guide
    Unscrew the end fastening nut to the steering knuckle. Use a combination spanner #21. Use Torx T40. Use a ratchet wrench.
  23. Step 23
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    Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle. Use a ball joint puller.
  24. Step 24
    Changing of Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2009 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  25. Step 25
    BMW 5 SERIES 530d 3.0 Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Unscrew the caliper bracket fastening. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench.
  26. Step 26
    Replacing Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2001 530d 3.0 by yourself
    Remove the brake caliper together with its bracket.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E60. AUTODOC recommends:
    Tie the caliper to the suspension or to the body with a wire without disconnecting from the brake hose to prevent depressurization of the brake system.Make sure that the brake caliper is not hanging on the brake hose.Don't press the brake pedal after the brake caliper has been removed. As a result, the piston can fall out from the brake cylinder, and brake fluid leakage and depressurization of the system may occur.
  27. Step 27
    5 Saloon (E60) 525d 3.0 2002 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Unscrew the rear fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  28. Step 28
    How to change Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2003 - tips and tricks
    Unscrew the front arm fastener. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  29. Step 29
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement BMW E60 2004 525d 3.0 Shock Absorber
    Disconnect the ABS sensor wiring.
  30. Step 30
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    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  31. Step 31
    How to change Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the rear fastener of the control arm. Use a combination spanner #18.
  32. Step 32
    How to replace BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530d 3.0 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Remove the arm.
  33. Step 33
    BMW E60 525d 2.5 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Remove the front fastener of the control arm. Use a combination spanner #18.
  34. Step 34
    Changing Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520i 2.2 2004 by yourself
    Remove the arm.
  35. Step 35
    How to remove BMW 5 SERIES 525d 3.0 2005 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Clean the fasteners connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  36. Step 36
    How to replace Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2006: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  37. Step 37
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on BMW E60 530 d 2007 - download illustrated guide
    Release the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use a flat metal-working chisel. Use a hammer.
  38. Step 38
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    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack by 10-15 cm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    BMW E60 – Do not lower the transmission jack sharply to avoid damaging components and mechanisms of the car.
  39. Step 39
    Changing of Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2009 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E60. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Make sure that the steering knuckle is supported.
  40. Step 40
    BMW 5 SERIES 530d 3.0 Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E60. Tip:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when undoing the fastening bolts.
  41. Step 41
    Replacing Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2001 530d 3.0 by yourself
    Remove the suspension strut.
  42. Step 42
    5 Saloon (E60) 525d 3.0 2002 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E60. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    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.
  43. Step 43
    How to change Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2003 - tips and tricks
    Compress the spring.
  44. Step 44
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement BMW E60 2004 525d 3.0 Shock Absorber
    Remove the shock strut mount cap. Use a crowbar.
  45. Step 45
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 d 2005 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  46. Step 46
    How to change Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #21. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  47. Step 47
    How to replace BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530d 3.0 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Remove the top strut mount.
  48. Step 48
    BMW E60 525d 2.5 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Release the coil spring.
  49. Step 49
    Changing Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520i 2.2 2004 by yourself
    Remove the spring.
  50. Step 50
    How to remove BMW 5 SERIES 525d 3.0 2005 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E60. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  51. Step 51
    How to replace Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2006: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E60. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  52. Step 52
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on BMW E60 530 d 2007 - download illustrated guide
    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  53. Step 53
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    Install the dust sleeve and the bump stop on the new shock absorber.
  54. Step 54
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    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  55. Step 55
    BMW 5 SERIES 530d 3.0 Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Compress the spring.
  56. Step 56
    Replacing Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2001 530d 3.0 by yourself
    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
  57. Step 57
    5 Saloon (E60) 525d 3.0 2002 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #22. Use HEX No.H6. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 64 Nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E60. AUTODOC recommends:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  58. Step 58
    How to change Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2003 - tips and tricks
    Treat the shock strut rod. Use copper grease.
  59. Step 59
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement BMW E60 2004 525d 3.0 Shock Absorber
    Install the shock strut mount cap.
  60. Step 60
    DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520 d 2005 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Decompress the spring.
  61. Step 61
    How to change Shock Absorber on BMW E60 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the assembled shock strut.
  62. Step 62
    How to replace BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 530d 3.0 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Treat the shock strut mounting seat on the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  63. Step 63
    BMW E60 525d 2.5 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Install the shock strut into the wheel arch.
  64. Step 64
    Changing Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 520i 2.2 2004 by yourself
    Screw the top fastening of the shock strut mount. Do not tighten it.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW E60. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock strut when screwing the fastening bolts in.
  65. Step 65
    How to remove BMW 5 SERIES 525d 3.0 2005 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Treat the shock strut mounting seat on the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  66. Step 66
    How to replace Shock Absorber on BMW 5 Saloon (E60) 2006: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Fix the shock absorber strut on the steering knuckle.
  67. Step 67
    How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on BMW E60 530 d 2007 - download illustrated guide
    Install the fastening bolt.
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