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#1 (permalink) Old 06-04-2006, 12:56 AM
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Where can I get this bolt

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...86&hg=33&fg=45
I need the bolt that is used to attach the lower end of the rear shock absorber. It is labeled as part 2 in the above link.
Is this a part I will be able to find at just about any parts supplier, or will I need to wait for the dealership's parts department to open on Monday to get this bolt?
I would like to get this fixed tomorrow (Sunday) so I will have a car to get to work in on Monday.

Any suggestions on where to find this bolt would be much appreciated!
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Easy to find...

You need a metric 12mm x 1.5 bolt 60mm long. If you have an Ace Hardware or True Value hardware store in your neighborhood they probably have it in their grade-8 or stainless bins. I would try to find it in Grade-8. You will also need the washer in 12mm size. Is the car driveable or do you have another means of transpo, so you could pull out the bolt from the other shock and take it with you to compare? Not a lot of autoparts stores are gonna have that bolt in that length. Maybe a NAPA or PepBoys or something might. But it shouldn't be too hard to find. What happened to the old bolt?





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I don't know what happened to the old bolt. All I know is the car all of a sudden didn't handle very well and was bouncing like crazy so I lifter her up to find the bolt missing.

Today I called around without any success so I will have to get it from the dealership tomorrow.

Anyone know if it is safe to drive the car the short distance (5 km) to the dealership to pick up the bolt?
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Well I do n't want to send you to your death but I would say as long as you keep it slow (no highway) and steady 5kms should be ok. I would just ride a bike or walk that distance if no other trans is avail. Is the shock extended to nearly the ground? Is the tire rubbing?

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The ride height has not been affected. The shock absorber just doesn't dampen the car bouncing after a bump.
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Stock shocks?

Are they the stock shocks or has someone replaced them with gas shocks yet? 'Cause the stock shocks really suck. They weren't even gas charged. Maybe your car is trying to tell you something.







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I have a pair of said bolts laying around I could send, but I guess that's not gonna help you unless you expect not to find them anytime soon. Were the shocks replaced recently? They could have been installed wrong, causing the bolt to back out. They need to be tightened at static ride height; while the car is on the ground, not while jacked up.

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I ordered the bolt from the dealership this morning. It should be here in 2 to 4 days.
In the mean time I threw insurance on my truck so I have a vehicle to drive.

Dudesky_E36 I will make sure to tighten the new bolt with the car sitting at ride height to prevent this from occuring in the future.
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