BMW X3 2005

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar) & Links

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    WARNING
    When supporting components, make sure that the vehicle can no longer be raised or lowered and that the vehicle does not lift off the locating plates on the lifting platform.



    Underside protection
     
    Reinforcement plate
     
    Partially detach front wheel arch trim on both sides toward rear of front fenders
     
    Double pivot of lower steering spindle from power steering gear
     
    Stabilizer links on both sides from stabilizer bar
     

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  5. If necessary, position special tool 00 2 040 with a 2nd person helping on a workshop jack.
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  7. Insert special tools 31 4 051 and 31 4 052 into corresponding mountings of special tool 00 2 040.

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    Fig. Safely support the vehicle with special tools 31 4 051 and 31 4 052

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  9. Align special tool 00 2 040 to front axle carrier.
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  11. If necessary, lower special tool 33 3 274.
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  13. Support front axle carrier by raising special tool 00 2 040.
    NOTE
    Pay attention to power steering hoses and lines when lowering and raising. Hoses and lines must not be kinked, tensioned, or bent with force.

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  15. Remove bolts (1) from frame.
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  17. Remove bolts (2) and (3) to release front axle carrier.
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  19. If necessary, disconnect pressure line for power steering from front axle carrier.
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  21. Carefully lower front axle carrier with workshop jack.

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    Fig. Location of bolts (1), (2), and (3) to lower front axle carrier

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  23. Release bolts (1) and twist stabilizer bar towards the front of vehicle.
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  25. Remove retaining bracket (2) and rubber mount (3) on both sides.
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  27. Remove stabilizer bar sideways through wheel arch.

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    Fig. Removing stabilizer bar bracket bolts (1), retaining bracket (2), and rubber mount (3)

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To install:

  1. Check rubber mount (3) on both sides. Replace if damaged.
    NOTE
    Keep retaining bracket (2), rubber mount (3), and stabilizer bar clean and free from oil and grease.

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  3. Place stabilizer bar into position with rubber mountings and brackets.
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  5. Install stabilizer bar into place with new bolts. Tighten to 42 ft. lbs. (56 Nm).
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  7. Install front axle carrier into place with new bolts. Tighten in order (1), (2), then (3) bolts.
    1. Tighten (1) M12 bolts to 84 ft. lbs. (113 Nm).
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    3. Tighten (2) M12 bolts to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
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    5. Tighten (3) M10 bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
      NOTE
      Pay attention to power steering hoses and lines when raising and lowering axle carrier.



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      Fig. Location of bolts (1), (2), and (3) holding front axle carrier

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  9. Installation continues in reverse of the removal procedure.
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  11. Install stabilizer to stabilizer link. Tighten to 48 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
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  13. Replace M10 bolts and install reinforcement plate to front axle support/engine carrier. Tighten to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
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