Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 d, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 i xDrive, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 i, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 si, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 si, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 sd, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 sd, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 25 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 18 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 35 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 18 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 si xDrive View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear shock absorber on BMW X3 E83 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: shock absorbers – BMW X3 E83. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #17
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Torx bit T20
Torx bit T25
Shock absorber socket #DD6
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Adjustable wrench
Plastic trim tool
Phillips screwdriver
Tap wrench
Vice
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: shock absorbers – BMW X3 E83. Tip from AUTODOC:
  • Both shock absorbers of the rear suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock absorbers of the rear suspension.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: shock absorbers – BMW X3 E83. Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the boot lid.
  2. Step 2
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    Move the folding shelf and detach it from the retainers. By doing this, you will get access to the side trim plastic panels.
  3. Step 3
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    Fold down the backrests of the rear seats.
  4. Step 4
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    Raise the lower lining of the boot.
  5. Step 5
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    Detach the boot side lining.
  6. Step 6
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the plastic car body protective cover. Use a Phillips screwdriver.
  7. Step 7
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    Remove the rubber strip.
  8. Step 8
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    Remove the plastic car body protective cover.
  9. Step 9
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    Remove the interior boot light.
  10. Step 10
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    Remove the seat belt trim cover.
  11. Step 11
    Detach the boot rear side lining.
    Step 12
    Replacing Shock Absorber on BMW X3 E83 2004 2.0 d by yourself
    Unscrew the fasteners of the side plastic trim panel. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  12. Step 13
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    Remove the clips from the parcel shelf. Use Torx T25. Use a ratchet wrench.
  13. Step 14
    Detach the parcel shelf.
    Step 15
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    Remove the airbag cover. Use a plastic trim tool.
  14. Step 16
    Unscrew the fastener of the body pillar trim panel. Use Torx T20. Use a ratchet wrench.
    Step 17
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    Remove the body pillar trim panel.
  15. Step 18
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the seat belt panel. Use a Phillips screwdriver.
  16. Step 19
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    Remove the seat belt panel.
  17. Step 20
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    Remove the side plastic cover.
  18. Step 21
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    Remove the clips of the boot side lining. Use a plastic trim tool.
  19. Step 22
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    Unscrew the fastener of the boot side lining. Use a Phillips screwdriver.
  20. Step 23
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    Detach the boot side lining.
  21. Step 24
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    Remove the protective cap of the shock absorber mount.
  22. Step 25
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    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  23. Step 26
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    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  24. Step 27
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 28
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  25. Step 29
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    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  26. Step 30
    Replacing Shock Absorber on BMW X3 E83 2004 2.0 d by yourself
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW X3 E83
  27. Step 31
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    Remove the wheel.
  28. Step 32
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    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  29. Step 33
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    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  30. Step 34
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    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  31. Step 35
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench.
  32. Step 36
    Remove the fastening bolt.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    BMW X3 E83 – To avoid injury, hold the shock absorber while unscrewing the fastening bolts.
    Step 37
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    Remove the shock absorber.
  33. Step 38
    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
    Step 39
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    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  34. Step 40
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    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening. Use a shock absorber socket DD№6. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  35. Step 41
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    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: shock absorbers – BMW X3 E83. Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  36. Step 42
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    Install the mount, boot and bump stop onto a new shock absorber.
  37. Step 43
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    Tighten the shock absorber rod nut. Use a combination spanner #17. Use a shock absorber socket №DD6. Use an adjustable wrench. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 14 Nm torque.
  38. Step 44
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    Treat the shock absorber rod fastener. Use copper grease.
  39. Step 45
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    Release the vice and take out the shock absorber.
  40. Step 46
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    Clean the shock absorber mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  41. Step 47
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    Place the shock absorber in the wheel arch and fasten it.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    BMW X3 E83 – To avoid injury, hold the shock absorber while screwing in the fastening bolts.
  42. Step 48
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    Install the fastening bolt.
  43. Step 49
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    Tighten the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #18. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 100 Nm torque.
  44. Step 50
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    Remove the support from under the arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    BMW X3 E83 – Do not lower the transmission jack sharply to avoid damaging components and mechanisms of the car.
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