BMW Cars 1999-06

Coil Springs

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
This procedure calls for the spring to be compressed. A compressed spring has high potential energy and if released suddenly can cause severe damage and personal injury.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the strut from the vehicle and mount in a vise using a strut holder. This will prevent damage to the strut tube.
  4.  
  5. Using a proper spring compressor, compress the spring and lock into place.
  6.  
  7. Remove the top nut of the strut mount. Counterhold the strut rod during removal.
  8.  
  9. Pull the strut mount off the strut rod. Note the positioning of the spacers and washer for replacement.
  10.  
  11. Pull the spring off the strut and place aside in a safe area.
  12.  
  13. slowly release the compression of the spring.
  14.  

To install:

  1. Install the spring in the compressor and compress.
  2.  
  3. Install the spring and strut mount with all the spacers and washers in their original positions. New strut rod nut: 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Release the spring slowly and check that it seats in the spring holders. Install the strut in the vehicle.
  6.  


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    Fig. Cut away view of the strut mount and related components-3 Series models



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    Fig. Cut away view of the strut mounting with a separate support bearing and related components-3 Series models



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    Fig. Cut away view of the strut mount and related components-5 and 7 Series



CAUTION
This procedure calls for the spring to be compressed. A compressed spring has high potential energy and if released suddenly can cause severe damage and personal injury.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the strut from the vehicle and mount in a vise using a strut holder. This will prevent damage to the strut tube.
  4.  
  5. Using a proper spring compressor, compress the spring and lock into place.
  6.  
  7. Remove the top nut of the strut mount. Counterhold the strut rod during removal.
  8.  
  9. Pull the strut mount off the strut rod. Note the positioning of the spacers and washer for replacement.
  10.  
  11. Pull the spring off the strut and place aside in a safe area.
  12.  
  13. Slowly release the compression of the spring.
  14.  

To install:

  1. Install the spring in the compressor and compress.
  2.  
  3. Install the spring and strut mount with all the spacers and washers in their original positions. New strut rod nut: 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Release the spring slowly and check that it seats in the spring holders. Install the strut in the vehicle.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Cut away view of the strut mount and related components-M44 1.9L 3 Series models



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Cut away view of the strut mount and related components-M52 and S52 3 Series models



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Cut away view of the strut mounting with a separate support bearing and related components- M52 and S52 3 Series models



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    Fig. Cut away view of the strut mount and related components-5, 7 and 8 Series

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