Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 323 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 320 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 325 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 320 Cd, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330 Cd, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 320 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 323 Ci View more

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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All the parts you need to replace – Strut Mount for 3 Convertible (E46) and other BMW models
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
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:
  1. Step 1
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    Press and hold the folding roof control switch. Hold the button pressed until you get access to the upper fasteners of the shock absorber.
  2. Step 2
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    Remove the shock strut mount caps. Use a crowbar.
  3. Step 3
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    Clean the fasteners of the shock absorber upper mount. Use WD-40 spray.
  4. Step 4
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    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  5. Step 5
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  6. Step 6
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  7. Step 7
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    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  8. Step 8
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW E46 convertible
  9. Step 9
    Changing of Strut Mount on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 2000 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Remove the wheel.
  10. Step 10
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    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  11. Step 11
    Replacing Strut Mount on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 2002 330 Ci by yourself
    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  12. Step 12
    3 Convertible (E46) 323Ci 2.5 2003 Strut Mount DIY replacement workshop manual
    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench.
  13. Step 13
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    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock absorber when undoing the fastening bolts.
  14. Step 14
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  15. Step 15
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    Remove the shock absorber.
  16. Step 16
    How to change Strut Mount on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 2000 - free PDF and video manuals
    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
  17. Step 17
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    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener. Use a wire brush.
  18. Step 18
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    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening. Use a combination spanner #17.
  19. Step 19
    Changing Strut Mount on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318Ci 2.0 2003 by yourself
    Release the vice and take out the shock absorber.
  20. Step 20
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    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 convertible. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Examine the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop. Replace them if necessary.
  21. Step 21
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    Install the new mount, boot, and bump stop on the shock absorber.
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