BMW X3 Service & Repair Manual: Information on replacing shock absorbers

BMW X3 Service & Repair Manual / Suspension / Spring strut / Information on replacing shock absorbers

Situation: When a shock absorber is faulty on one side (leaking, noises, etc.), often both shock absorbers on the axle in question are replaced.

Effect: This is not necessary for technical reasons and causes the manufacturer not to recognize the unnecessarily removed shock absorbers as defective parts. Unnecessarily high costs for the customer can be avoided by replacing the shock absorber on one side only.

Procedure: If one shock absorber is damaged, it is only necessary to replace both shock absorbers when the car has driven in excess of 80 000 km.

Exception: On all M-GmbH models, when a limit value is exceeded on one side, it is still necessary always to replace both shock absorbers on the relevant axle.

    Spring strut
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    Removing and installing complete left or right spring strut shock absorber
    Special tools required: 31 2 230 Installation note: 1. All screws, nuts, bolts and hose clamps removed during the repair must be replaced. ...

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