BMW X5 2000-05

Front Air Suspension

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Air Spring Strut



Removal & Installation
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, drain and deactivate the air suspension system as follows:
    1. Pull the fuse for the air spring system control unit.
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    3. Loosen the banjo bolts of the valve unit (located beneath the right side underbody paneling) until the sound of escaping air can be heard. Retighten the banjo bolts.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the front wheel.
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  7. Remove the wheel well trim.
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  9. Disconnect the stabilizer link from the air spring strut.
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  11. Support the wheel knuckle assembly with a suitable jack, and disconnect the wheel knuckle assembly from the strut assembly.
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  13. If removing the right side strut, remove the windshield washer fluid reservoir from the strut dome.
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  15. Remove the cover cap, if equipped.
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  17. Remove the two top mounting nuts and remove the air spring strut assembly.

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    Fig. Remove the center cover cap and nuts to remove the strut assembly. Take care not to damage the centering pin (1)

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To install:

  1. Install the air spring strut assembly, using the centering pin to align the strut.
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  3. Using new self-locking nuts, tighten to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
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  5. Install the cover cap, if removed.
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  7. Install the washer fluid reservoir, if removed.
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  9. Install the wheel knuckle assembly to the strut assembly. Tighten the new bolt and self-locking nut to 176 ft. lbs. (250 Nm).
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  11. The remainder of the installation is the reverse order of removal.
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  13. Reactivate the air suspension system by installing the fuse for the control unit.
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