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BMW X5: Removing And Installing/Replacing Rear Left Or Right Shock Absorber

BMW X5 (G05) 2019-2023 Service & Repair Manual / Rear Axle / Shock Absorber / 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 (1) and control valve (2).

Rear Axle
Fig. 112: Identifying Control Unit And Control Valve

Necessary preliminary tasks:

Version with Vertical Dynamics Management:

NOTE: The plug connections on the right side are shown.

Partially detach rear wheel arch cover.

Detach both plug connections (3) and expose lines up to shock absorber.

1. Plug connection for brake pad wear sensor

2. Plug connection for pulse generator

Rear Axle
Fig. 113: Identifying Plug Connections

Release retainer (1) and remove brake hose (2) from shock absorber (4).


When installing the shock absorber, ensure that the holder for the brake hose (2) points to the middle of the vehicle.

Ensure correct seating in guide.

Retainer must be felt and heard to snap into place.

Unscrew bolt (3).

IMPORTANT: Secure shock absorber against falling out.

Remove shock absorber (4) from swinging arm and tie back.

Rear Axle
Fig. 114: Identifying Retainer, Brake Hose, Bolt And Shock Absorber

IMPORTANT: Before tightening screw/bolt connection, check that shock absorber pin is correctly positioned in swinging arm.

Screw must not be used as an aid to installing the shock absorber!


Replace screw.

Tighten bolt in normal position.

Tightening torque.

Rear Axle
Fig. 115: Identifying Shock Absorber Pin In Swinging Arm

IMPORTANT: Risk of damage! Do not pull expanding clips with luggage compartment tray out of lashing rail.

Release expanding clips (1).

Press luggage compartment tray (2) to one side.


Replace damaged expanding clips.

Rear Axle
Fig. 116: Identifying Expanding Clips And Luggage Compartment Tray

NOTE: Pictured: the support pot for steel spring suspension or 5-seater with ride-height control up to 09/2007, both for conventional shock absorbers and controlled shock absorbers. From 09/2007 this support pot will only be fitted in vehicles with steel spring suspension.

Unscrew nuts (1).


Replace self-locking nuts.

Tightening torque.

Rear Axle
Fig. 117: Identifying Nuts

Remove shock absorber if necessary with connecting lines in downward direction.


Clean body contact surface for support bearing flange all round.

Rear Axle
Fig. 118: Identifying Shock Absorber With Connecting Lines

IMPORTANT: Replace faulty sealing washer (1).

Refit sealing washer (1).

Rear Axle
Fig. 119: Identifying Sealing Washer


Modify support bearing.

Modify auxiliary damper (1) and protective tube (2) incl. support pot ().


Check auxiliary damper (1) and protective tube (2) for damage, replace if necessary.

Rear Axle
Fig. 120: Identifying Auxiliary Damper And Protective Tube

After installation:


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