Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 d, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 xd, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 328 i, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 xd, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 xi, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 i, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 325 i, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 325 xi, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 d, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 d View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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

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Tools
Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 touring. Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #16
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 18
Torx bit T25
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Adjustable wrench
Tap wrench
Ear clamp pliers
Phillips screwdriver
Crow bar
Vice
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 touring. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • 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.
Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 touring. Recommended sequence of steps:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 1999 - free PDF and video manuals
    Open the boot lid.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace BMW 3 Touring (E46) 320d 2.0 2000 Strut Mount - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    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
    BMW 3 Touring (E46) 320i 2.2 2001 Strut Mount replacement: free workshop manuals
    Fold down the backrests of the rear seats.
  4. Step 4
    Changing Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i 2002 by yourself
    Remove the seat belt trim cover. Use a crowbar.
  5. Step 5
    How to remove BMW 3 SERIES 330d 3.0 2003 Strut Mount - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Remove the plastic clip of the boot front side lining. Use a crowbar.
  6. Step 6
    How to replace Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 2004: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the battery cover.
  7. Step 7
    How hard is it to do yourself: Strut Mount replacement on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330xd 2.9 2005 - download illustrated guide
    Detach the boot rear side lining.
  8. Step 8
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the side plastic trim panel. Use Torx T25.
  9. Step 9.1
    Changing of Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 2000 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Unscrew the fasteners of the boot vent panel.
    Step 9.2
    BMW 3 SERIES 330xi 3.0 Strut Mount replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Use a drive socket #10. Use a Phillips screwdriver.
  10. Step 10
    Replacing Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 2002 320d 2.0 by yourself
    Unscrew the fasteners of the boot front side lining. Use a Phillips screwdriver.
  11. Step 11
    3 Touring (E46) 330d 3.0 2003 Strut Mount DIY replacement workshop manual
    Detach the boot front side lining from the upper fasteners. Use a crowbar.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 touring. Do not use excessive force when removing the part as this may damage it.
  12. Step 12
    How to change Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 2004 - tips and tricks
    Remove the lower clip of the boot front side lining. Use ear clamp pliers.
  13. Step 13
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement BMW 3 Touring (E46) 2005 330d 3.0 Strut Mount
    Remove the boot front side lining. Use a crowbar.
  14. Step 14
    DIY replacement of Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330d 2.9 1999 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Clean the fasteners of the shock absorber upper mount. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  15. Step 15
    How to change Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 1999 - free PDF and video manuals
    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  16. Step 16
    How to replace BMW 3 Touring (E46) 320d 2.0 2000 Strut Mount - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  17. Step 17
    BMW 3 Touring (E46) 320i 2.2 2001 Strut Mount replacement: free workshop manuals
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  18. Step 18
    Changing Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 318 i 2002 by yourself
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  19. Step 19
    How to remove BMW 3 SERIES 330d 3.0 2003 Strut Mount - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 touring. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  20. Step 20
    How to replace Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 2004: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Remove the wheel.
  21. Step 21
    How hard is it to do yourself: Strut Mount replacement on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330xd 2.9 2005 - download illustrated guide
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  22. Step 22
    Need to know how to renew Strut Mount on BMW 3 SERIES 1999? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  23. Step 23
    Changing of Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 2000 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench.
  24. Step 24
    BMW 3 SERIES 330xi 3.0 Strut Mount replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 touring. Tip:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock absorber when undoing the fastening bolts.
  25. Step 25
    Replacing Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 2002 320d 2.0 by yourself
    Remove the shock absorber.
  26. Step 26
    3 Touring (E46) 330d 3.0 2003 Strut Mount DIY replacement workshop manual
    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
  27. Step 27
    How to change Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 2004 - tips and tricks
    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  28. Step 28
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    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening. Use a combination spanner #16.
  29. Step 29
    DIY replacement of Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330d 2.9 1999 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Release the vice and take out the shock absorber.
  30. Step 30
    How to change Strut Mount on BMW 3 Touring (E46) 1999 - free PDF and video manuals
    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW E46 touring. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Examine the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop. Replace them if necessary.
  31. Step 31
    How to replace BMW 3 Touring (E46) 320d 2.0 2000 Strut Mount - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Install the new mount, boot, and bump stop on the shock absorber.
  32. Step 32
    BMW 3 Touring (E46) 320i 2.2 2001 Strut Mount replacement: free workshop manuals
    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
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