BMW X3 Service & Repair Manual: Replacing front axle support

BMW X3 Service & Repair Manual / Suspension / Front sub-frame / Replacing front axle support

WARNING: Danger of injury! Failure to comply with the following instructions may result in the vehicle slipping off the lifting platform and critically injuring other persons.

When supporting components, make sure that:

  • the vehicle can no longer be raised or lowered.
  • the vehicle does not lift off the locating plates on the vehicle hoist.

IMPORTANT: Before lowering/removing front axle support: Observe SAFETY INFORMATION for raising the vehicle In order to avoid damage to vehicle hoist, perform weight compensation on vehicle.

Load spring strut domes with sand bags.

WARNING: SECURE ENGINE IN INSTALLATION POSITION WITH SPECIAL TOOL to prevent it from falling down.

Necessary preliminary tasks:

  • SECURE engine in installation position.
  • DISCONNECT negative lead from battery.
  • Remove BOTH WISHBONES FROM THE FRONT AXLE SUPPORT.
  • Remove BOTH TENSION STRUTS FROM FRONT AXLE CARRIER.
  • Remove BOTH TRACK RODS AT THE SWIVEL BEARING .
  • Remove the ANTI-ROLL LINK AT THE FRONT AXLE SUPPORT and protect from falling.
  • Lower FRONT AXLE SUPPORT.

Remove both engine mounts from front axle carrier.

Remove steering box .

Remove REINFORCEMENT PLATE.

Take the front axle support off the special tool with a helper and set onto a suitable support.

Installation note: Use previous front axle support as a template for modifying or replacing small parts.

Suspension

After installation:

  • Perform wheel alignment check .
    Lowering/raising front axle support
    Special tools required: 31 5 251 00 2 030 31 5 255 31 5 256 WARNING: Danger of injury! Failure to comply with the following instructions ...

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