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) 3.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 si, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 si, 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) 2.0 i, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 sd View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear strut mount BMW X3 E83 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Strut Mount for X3 (E83) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: strut mount – BMW X3 E83. Tools you might 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: strut mount – BMW X3 E83. 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.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW X3 E83 – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  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 Strut Mount 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
    Detach the boot side lining.
    Step 22
    Remove the clips of the boot side lining. Use a plastic trim tool.
    Step 23
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    Unscrew the fastener of the boot side lining. Use a Phillips screwdriver.
  19. Step 24
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    Detach the boot side lining.
  20. Step 25
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    Remove the protective cap of the shock absorber mount.
  21. Step 26
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    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  22. Step 27
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    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  23. Step 28
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 29
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  24. Step 30
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    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  25. Step 31
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW X3 E83
  26. Step 32
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    Remove the wheel.
  27. Step 33
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    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  28. Step 34
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    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  29. Step 35
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    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  30. Step 36
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench.
  31. Step 37
    Remove the fastening bolt.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    BMW X3 E83 – To avoid injury, hold the shock absorber while unscrewing the fastening bolts.
    Step 38
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    Remove the shock absorber.
  32. Step 39
    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
    Step 40
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    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  33. Step 41
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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.
  34. Step 42
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    Remove the shock strut mount.
    Replacement: strut mount – BMW X3 E83. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Examine the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop. Replace them if necessary.
  35. Step 43
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    Install a new strut mount.
  36. Step 44
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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.
  37. Step 45
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    Treat the shock absorber rod fastener. Use copper grease.
  38. Step 46
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    Release the vice and take out the shock absorber.
  39. Step 47
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    Clean the shock absorber mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  40. Step 48
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    Place the shock absorber in the wheel arch and secure it.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    BMW X3 E83 – To avoid injury, hold the shock absorber while screwing in the fastening bolts.
  41. Step 49
    Replacing Strut Mount on BMW X3 E83 2004 2.0 d by yourself
    Install the fastening bolt.
  42. Step 50
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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.
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