Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear strut mount BMW 3 (E46) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #17
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Adjustable wrench
Tap wrench
Crow bar
Vice
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
All the parts you need to replace – Strut Mount for 3 Convertible (E46) and other BMW models
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Anti-Friction Bearing, suspension strut support mounting
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BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Anti-Friction Bearing, suspension strut support mounting on BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
Easy tricks to help you to replace Anti-Friction Bearing, suspension strut support mounting on BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
Anti-Friction Bearing, suspension strut support mounting removal & installation, incredibly easy steps for BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
Changing Anti-Friction Bearing, suspension strut support mounting on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci – tips for first time repair
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci
How to change Repair Kit, suspension strut on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330Ci 3.0 – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Repair Kit, suspension strut
How to change Repair Kit, suspension strut on BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti – tips for proper car maintenance
BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Repair Kit, suspension strut on BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
Easy tricks to help you to replace Repair Kit, suspension strut on BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
Repair Kit, suspension strut removal & installation, incredibly easy steps for BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
Changing Repair Kit, suspension strut on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci – tips for first time repair
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci
How to change Seal, suspension strut bearing on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330Ci 3.0 – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Seal, suspension strut bearing
How to change Seal, suspension strut bearing on BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti – tips for proper car maintenance
BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Seal, suspension strut bearing on BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
Easy tricks to help you to replace Seal, suspension strut bearing on BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
Seal, suspension strut bearing removal & installation, incredibly easy steps for BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
Changing Seal, suspension strut bearing on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci – tips for first time repair
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci
How to change Top Strut Mounting on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330Ci 3.0 – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Top Strut Mounting
How to change Top Strut Mounting on BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti – tips for proper car maintenance
BMW 3 Compact (E46) 318 ti
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Top Strut Mounting on BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i
Easy tricks to help you to replace Top Strut Mounting on BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci
Top Strut Mounting removal & installation, incredibly easy steps for BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i
Changing Top Strut Mounting on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci – tips for first time repair
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci
Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the mounts of the right and left shock absorbers of the rear suspension.
  • Both mounts of the rear shock struts should be replaced simultaneously.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
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