Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) One, MINI Convertible (R52) One

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]

Replacement: suspension strut – Mini R50, R53. List of the tools you'll need:
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
All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for Hatchback (R50, R53) and other MINI models
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Shock Absorber
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MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) One
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MINI Convertible (R52) One
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. How to change Shock Absorber on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. How to replace MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 1.6 Cooper 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 2
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. MINI MINI (R50, R53) 1.6 One 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 3
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
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    Step 4
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mini R50, R53. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  5. How to remove MINI MINI 1.4 One D 2005 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 5
    Remove the wheel.
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    Step 6
    Clean the fasteners of the shock strut upper mount. Use WD-40 spray.
  7. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 1.6 John Cooper Works 2001 - download illustrated guide
    Step 7
    Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut.
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    Step 8
    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.
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    Step 9
    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.
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    Step 10
    Unscrew the lower fastener connecting the shock strut to the steering knuckle.Use XZN #14. Use a ratchet wrench.Use a tap wrench.
  11. Replacing Shock Absorber on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2005 1.6 Cooper by yourself
    Step 11
    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. Hatchback (R50, R53) 1.4 One D 2006 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 12
    Prop up the steering knuckle.Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  13. How to change Shock Absorber on MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 2001 - tips and tricks
    Step 13
    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-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2002 1.4 One D Shock Absorber
    Step 14
    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. DIY replacement of Shock Absorber on MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 1.6 Cooper S 2003 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 15
    Remove the suspension strut.
  16. How to change Shock Absorber on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 16
    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. How to replace MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 1.6 Cooper 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 17
    Compress the spring.
  18. MINI MINI (R50, R53) 1.6 One 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 18
    Remove the strut piston rod nut.Use HEX No.H7.Use a drive socket #18.Use a ratchet wrench.
  19. Changing Shock Absorber on MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 1.4 D One 2004 by yourself
    Step 19
    Remove the shock strut mount.
  20. How to remove MINI MINI 1.4 One D 2005 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 20
    Release the coil spring.
  21. How to replace Shock Absorber on MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 2006: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 21
    Remove the spring.
  22. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 1.6 John Cooper Works 2001 - download illustrated guide
    Step 22
    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.
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    Step 23
    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  24. Changing of Shock Absorber on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2003 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 24
    Install the dust sleeve and the bump stop on the new shock absorber.
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    Step 25
    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  26. Replacing Shock Absorber on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2005 1.6 Cooper by yourself
    Step 26
    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.Use a crowbar.
  27. Hatchback (R50, R53) 1.4 One D 2006 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 27
    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use a drive socket #18.Use a combination spanner #18.Use HEX No.H7.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 64 Nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mini R50, R53. Professionals recommend:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  28. How to change Shock Absorber on MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 2001 - tips and tricks
    Step 28
    Decompress the spring.
  29. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2002 1.4 One D Shock Absorber
    Step 29
    Remove the assembled shock strut.
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    Step 30
    Install the shock strut into the wheel arch.
  31. How to change Shock Absorber on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2001 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 31
    Secure the upper fasteners of the shock strut (3 pieces).Do not tighten it.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Mini R50, R53 – To avoid injury, hold the suspension strut while screwing in the fastening bolts.
  32. How to replace MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 1.6 Cooper 2002 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 32
    Treat the shock strut mounting seat on the steering knuckle.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  33. MINI MINI (R50, R53) 1.6 One 2003 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 33
    Fix the shock absorber strut on the steering knuckle.
  34. Changing Shock Absorber on MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 1.4 D One 2004 by yourself
    Step 34
    Install and tighten a new bolt of the steering knuckle.Use XZN #14. Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 81 Nm torque.
  35. How to remove MINI MINI 1.4 One D 2005 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 35
    Remove the support from under the steering knuckle.
  36. How to replace Shock Absorber on MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 2006: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 36
    Secure the stabilizer link on the suspension strut.Use a drive socket #16.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 60 Nm torque.
  37. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 1.6 John Cooper Works 2001 - download illustrated guide
    Step 37
    Connect the fastener of the ABS sensor cable to the shock absorber strut.Fasten the brake hose on the strut.
  38. Need to know how to renew Shock Absorber on MINI MINI ? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    Step 38
    Clean the wheel rim mounting seat. Use a wire brush.Treat the contacting surface.Use copper grease.
  39. Changing of Shock Absorber on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2003 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 39
    Install the wheel.
    Replacement: suspension strut – Mini R50, R53. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
  40. MINI MINI 1.6 S Works Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 40
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  41. Replacing Shock Absorber on MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2005 1.6 Cooper by yourself
    Step 41
    Tighten the shock strut top mount.Use a drive socket #13.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 34 Nm torque.
  42. Hatchback (R50, R53) 1.4 One D 2006 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 42
    Treat the shock strut rod.Use copper grease.
  43. How to change Shock Absorber on MINI Hatchback (R50, R53) 2001 - tips and tricks
    Step 43
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 110 Nm torque.
  44. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement MINI MINI (R50, R53) 2002 1.4 One D Shock Absorber
    Step 44
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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