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

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear springs / rear coil springs on MINI COOPER 1 (R50, R53) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: coil springs – Mini R50, R53. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #19
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 21
HEX bit No.H6
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Hydraulic transmission jack
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Wheel chock
Replacement: coil springs – Mini R50, R53. Tip from AUTODOC:
  • Both coil springs of the rear suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right coil springs of the rear suspension.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: coil springs – 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 rear of the car and secure on supports.
  4. Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Mini R50, R53
  5. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  6. Step 6
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    Clean the shock strut fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  7. Step 7
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber strut. Use a drive socket #21. Use a ratchet wrench. Use a tap wrench.
  8. Step 8
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    Disconnect the wiring and the brake hose from the bracket on the shock strut.
  9. Step 9
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    Unscrew the upper fastening of the shock absorber strut. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Mini R50, R53 – To avoid injury, hold the suspension strut while unscrewing the fastening bolts.
  10. Step 10
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  11. Step 11
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    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: coil springs – 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.
  12. Step 12
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    Compress the spring.
  13. Step 13
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H6. Use a combination spanner #19. Use a ratchet wrench.
  14. Step 14
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    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: coil springs – Mini R50, R53. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.
  15. Step 15
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    Release the coil spring.
  16. Step 16
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    Remove the spring.
  17. Step 17
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    Install the spring.
  18. Step 18
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    Compress the spring.
  19. Step 19
    Install the boot and a bump stop onto the shock absorber.
    Step 20
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    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
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