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This replacement procedure can be used for:
MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) One, MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) Cooper, MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) Cooper S, MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) One D, MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) Cooper S, MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) One D, MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) One View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change a front shock strut on MINI COOPER 1 (R50, R53) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – Mini R50, R53. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #16
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
HEX bit No.H6.
HEX bit No.H7.
XZN socket bit # 14
Shock absorber socket
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Flat chisel
Hammer
Tap wrench
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – Mini R50, R53. 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 – Mini R50, R53. Take the following steps:
  1. Step 1
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 2
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. Step 3
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  4. Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mini R50, R53. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  5. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  6. Step 6
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    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use WD-40 spray.
  7. Step 7
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    Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut.
  8. Step 8
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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.
  9. Step 9
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    Unscrew the nut and remove the stabilizer rod from the shock strut. Use a combination spanner #16. Use HEX No.H6. Use a ratchet wrench.
  10. Step 10
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    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle. Use XZN #14. Use a ratchet wrench. Use a tap wrench.
  11. Step 11
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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.
  12. Step 12
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    Prop up the steering knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  13. Step 13
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    Disconnect the steering knuckle from the shock absorber strut. Use a flat metal-working chisel. Use a hammer.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mini R50, R53. Tip:
    Make sure that the steering knuckle is not released from load.
  14. Step 14
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    Unscrew the upper fastening of the shock absorber strut. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Mini R50, R53
  15. Step 15
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  16. Step 16
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    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mini R50, R53. 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.
  17. Step 17
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    Compress the spring.
  18. Step 18
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H7. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  19. Step 19
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    Remove the shock strut mount.
  20. Step 20
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    Release the coil spring.
  21. Step 21
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    Remove the spring.
  22. Step 22
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    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mini R50, R53. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Τhoroughly examine the shock absorber mount, dust boot, bump stop. Replace them if necessary.Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  23. Step 23
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    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  24. Step 24
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    Install the dust sleeve and the bump stop on the new shock absorber.
  25. Step 25
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    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  26. Step 26
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    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing. Use a crowbar.
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