Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW X5 (E70) xDrive 35 d, BMW X5 (E70) xDrive 30 d, BMW X5 (E70) 3.0 sd, BMW X5 (E70) 3.0 d, BMW X5 (E70) xDrive 40 d, BMW X5 (E70) xDrive 30 d View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

This video shows the replacement procedure of a similar car part on another vehicle

All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for X5 (E70) and other BMW models
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Shock absorber
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Tools
Replacement: shock absorbers – BMW X5 (E70). List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #19
Combination spanner #21
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 21
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Flat Screwdriver
Adjustable wrench
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: shock absorbers – BMW X5 (E70). AUTODOC recommends:
  • 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 X5 (E70). Use the following procedure:
  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
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
    Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – BMW X5 (E70). Tip:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 6
    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 7
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #21. Use a drive socket #21. Use a ratchet wrench.
  6. Step 8
    Remove the fastening bolt.
    Step 9
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    Support the stub axle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  7. Step 10
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    Detach the lower part of the shock absorber. Use a crowbar.
  8. Step 11
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    Remove the support from under the stub axle.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    BMW X5 (E70) – Do not lower the transmission jack sharply to avoid damaging components and mechanisms of the car.
  9. Step 12
    Lower the car.
    Step 13
    Open the boot lid.
    Step 14
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    Remove the boot front lower lining.
  10. Step 15
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    Unscrew fixing bolts of the protective cover. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 16
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    Remove the cover of the boot side lining.
  12. Step 17
    Fold down the backrests of the rear seats.
    Step 18
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    Remove the protective cover.
  13. Step 19
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    Remove the clips. Use a flat screwdriver.
  14. Step 20
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    Remove the protective cover.
  15. Step 21
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    Remove the protective cap of the shock absorber mount. Use a flat screwdriver.
  16. Step 22
    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 23
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    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening. Use a combination spanner #19. Use an adjustable wrench.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock absorber when undoing the fastening bolts.
  17. Step 24
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    Remove the shock absorber.
  18. Step 25
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    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop. Use a flat screwdriver.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – BMW X5 (E70). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Examine the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop. Replace them if necessary.Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  19. Step 26
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    Install the dust sleeve and the bump stop on the new shock absorber.
  20. Step 27
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    Clean the shock absorber mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  21. Step 28
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    Place the shock absorber in the wheel arch and secure it.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – BMW X5 (E70). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    To avoid injury, hold the shock absorber cautiously tight when screwing in the fastening bolts.
  22. Step 29
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    Tighten the shock absorber rod nut. Use a combination spanner #19. Use an adjustable wrench. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 25 Nm torque.
  23. Step 30
    Treat the shock absorber fasteners. Use copper grease.
    Step 31
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    Install the protective shock absorber mounting cap.
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