Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 5 Touring (E61) 525 xd, BMW 5 Touring (E61) 525 xi, BMW 5 Touring (E61) 525 i, BMW 5 Touring (E61) 525 d, BMW 5 Touring (E61) 525 xi, BMW 5 Touring (E61) 525 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: suspension strut – BMW 5 Touring (E61). Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #18
Combination spanner #21
Torx bit T40
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 18
Drive socket # 21
HEX bit no.H6.
Torx bit T40
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Clip removal tool
Crow bar
Hydraulic strut spring compressor
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: suspension strut – BMW 5 Touring (E61). AUTODOC recommends:
  • Both shock struts of the rear suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock struts of the rear suspension.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW 5 Touring (E61) – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    Open the boot lid.
    Step 2
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    Take out the luggage compartment mat.
  2. Step 3
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    Raise the lower lining of the boot.
  3. Step 4
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    Detach the boot rear side lining.
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the plastic clip of the boot front side lining. Use a clip removal tool.
  5. Step 6
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the boot front side lining. Use Torx T40. Use a ratchet wrench.
  6. Step 7
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    Remove the boot front side lining.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW 5 Touring (E61). Do not use excessive force when removing the part as this may damage it.
  7. Step 8
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    Loosen the upper fastener of the shock strut mount. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 9
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  9. Step 10
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  10. Step 11
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
    Step 12
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW 5 Touring (E61). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  11. Step 13
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    Remove the wheel.
  12. Step 14
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    Disconnect the brake pads wear sensor.
    Please note!
    Some cars are not equipped with the brake pad wear sensor.
  13. Step 15
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    Clean the brake caliper bracket fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step 16
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    Unscrew the caliper bracket fastening. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench.
  15. Step 17
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    Remove the brake caliper together with its bracket.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW 5 Touring (E61). Professionals recommend:
    Tie the caliper to the suspension or to the body with a wire without disconnecting from the brake hose to prevent depressurization of the brake system.Make sure that the brake caliper is not hanging on the brake hose.Don't press the brake pedal after the brake caliper has been removed. As a result, the piston can fall out from the brake cylinder, and brake fluid leakage and depressurization of the system may occur.
  16. Step 18
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    Clean the fasteners connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  17. Step 19
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    Unscrew the arm fastening from the subframe. Use a combination spanner #18 (2 pieces).
  18. Step 20
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    Clean the shock strut fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  19. Step 21
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber strut. Use a combination spanner #18.
  20. Step 22
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    Disconnect the ABS sensor wiring. Use a crowbar.
  21. Step 23
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  22. Step 24
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear knuckle. Use a combination spanner #21. Use Torx T40. Use a ratchet wrench.
  23. Step 25
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  24. Step 26
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    Detach the rear knuckle from the suspension control arm.
  25. Step 27
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    Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
  26. Step 28
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  27. Step 29
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    Remove the suspension strut.
  28. Step 30
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    Set the shock absorber strut on the spring compressor tool.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW 5 Touring (E61). Tip from AUTODOC:
    Note that when using a spring compressor, spring coils need to be securely gripped, compressing the spring on the opposite sides.Ensure the correct position of the spring in the retainer.Make sure that the spring coils tightly entered the lock handles.
  29. Step 31
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    Compress the spring.
  30. Step 32
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  31. Step 33
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    Remove the strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H6. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  32. Step 34
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    Remove the top strut mount.
  33. Step 35
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    Release the coil spring.
  34. Step 36
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    Remove the spring.
  35. Step 37
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    Remove the shock absorber dust cap and the bump stop.
  36. Step 38
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    Remove the old shock absorber from the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW 5 Touring (E61). Carefully inspect the mount, the boot, and the bump stop of the shock absorber. Replace if necessary.Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  37. Step 39
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    Install the new shock absorber on the hydraulic coil spring compressor.
  38. Step 40
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    Install the dust sleeve and the bump stop on the new shock absorber.
  39. Step 41
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    Install the spring on the shock absorber.
  40. Step 42
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    Compress the spring.
  41. Step 43
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    Install the upper strut mount and the strut mount bearing.
  42. Step 44
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    Tighten the shock strut piston rod nut. Use HEX No.H6. Use a drive socket #18. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 27 Nm torque.
    Replacement: suspension strut – BMW 5 Touring (E61). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Check to make sure the spring is positioned correctly. Avoid its misalignment.
  43. Step 45
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    Decompress the spring.
  44. Step 46
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    Remove the assembled shock strut.
  45. Step 47
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    Treat the shock strut mounting seat on the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  46. Step 48
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    Treat the shock strut rod. Use copper grease.
  47. Step 49
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    Install the shock strut into the wheel arch.
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