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Old 12-15-2004, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I own a '93 525i and I know I need to change the strut on the driver's side. I went to the autozone and they sell a strut cartridge. I'm confused. First of all, what do they mean by a cartridge. Second, do I need to change the whole strut or just the cartridge. I'm new to BMWs, so I'll appresiate any kind of advice.
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The cartridge is also called wet elements. Upper mounts unbolted, strut comes out, and replacing the internal components with this new cartridge.
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Old 12-15-2004, 07:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Andryuha@Dec 15 2004, 04:43 PM
Hi, I own a '93 525i and I know I need to change the strut on the driver's side. I went to the autozone and they sell a strut cartridge. I'm confused. First of all, what do they mean by a cartridge. Second, do I need to change the whole strut or just the cartridge. I'm new to BMWs, so I'll appresiate any kind of advice.
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i just replaced both strut catridge's in my 87 325. not a super difficult job, but it is doable for someone who works on cars. a strut catridge is the actual strut (shock absorber) which sits into the strut housing. all u need to replace is the strut catridge. FYI when i replaced my strut catridges i found out that the threads on my strut housings were all rusted and damaged so i needed to replace the strut housings too. u will find out when u pull it apart that the strut needs to be screwed into the housing. i am not sure if it is the same on your 5 series though. good luck, let me know if you need any help. Matt
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i've changed struts on my corolla, and jetta be4, not hard at all, i'll c wat i can do with bmw during this weekend
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i just replaced both strut catridge's in my 87 325. not a super difficult job, but it is doable for someone who works on cars. a strut catridge is the actual strut (shock absorber) which sits into the strut housing. all u need to replace is the strut catridge. FYI when i replaced my strut catridges i found out that the threads on my strut housings were all rusted and damaged so i needed to replace the strut housings too. u will find out when u pull it apart that the strut needs to be screwed into the housing. i am not sure if it is the same on your 5 series though. good luck, let me know if you need any help. Matt
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