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BMW X5: Information On Replacing Shock Absorbers

BMW X5 (G05) 2019-2023 Service & Repair Manual / Rear Axle / Shock Absorber / Information On Replacing Shock Absorbers


When a shock absorber is faulty on one side (leaking, noises, limit values exceeded on the shock tester), often both shock absorbers on the axle in question are replaced.

E32, E34, E38, E39: In the case of rear spring struts with ride-height control, there is always a slight oil spillage on the piston rod. These spring struts are permitted to be wet with oil over a maximum of half the shock absorber length on the outer tube, i.e. they are permitted to "sweat".


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


Shock absorbers may be replaced on one side only until they have completed 50 000 km service.

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.


 Removing And Installing/Replacing Rear Left Or Right Shock Absorber

NOTE: Read and comply with Information on replacing shock absorbers. Version with Vertical Dynamics Management: IMPORTANT: Handle the spring strut with care so as to avoid damaging the control unit

 Replacing Rear Left Or Right Thrust Bearing For Spring Strut/Shock Absorber

Necessary preliminary tasks: Remove rear shock absorber. Unscrew nut (1). Remove joint disc (2), support bearing upper section (3) and support bearing flange (4). Installation: Insert support bea

 Springs With Suspension

MEASURING RIDE-LEVEL HEIGHT OF VEHICLE Necessary preliminary tasks: Move vehicle into normal position. Determine actual ride height (A) - to do so, attach tape measure to rim flange (2) at bottom


 Removing And Installing/Replacing Switch For Unlocking Glovebox

Necessary preliminary tasks: Remove decorative strip from middle fresh-air grille. Unlock catches (1). Press switch (2) out of decorative strip. Fig. 212: Pressing Switch Out Of Decorative Strip REMOVING AND INSTALLING OR REPLACING GRIP TRIM FOR GEAR SELECTOR SWITCH Special tools required: 64

 Replacing Seat Cover For Left & Right Rear

Special tools required: 52 0 050. Necessary preliminary tasks: Remove rear seat. Remove rear panel trim. Disengage welt in marked area from seat mechanism. Disengage welt in marked area from seat mechanism. Installation: Make sure metal lugs in welt are correctly engaged. Version with seat

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