5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
You could TRY slackening the trailing arm front bush first, then no more busted fingers...
1. Lift the rear and support it on jacks.
2. Spray the 22mm bolt with lot's and I say lot's of WD40.
3. Remove the rear seat cushion, headrests, headrest plastic cover (attached to the backrest, you have to turn the 2 plastic screws 1/4 of a turn with a big flat screw driver or a coin) and backrest.
4. Remove the 2 strut upper mounting covers and the 3 x 13mm nuts with a ratchet, extension and u-joint.
5. Beneath the car, remove the 22 mm bolt. Now the fun begins.
6. The bottom of the E34 rear shock has a tube that goes in the trailing arm. You can imagine how rusty this tube is. The trick is to spray a lot of WD40 in the tube (where the screw was) and all around it. Now find a long round and strong tube (I used the end of the E34 wheel wrench) and insert it where the screw was located. Now push forward on the bottom of the shock while at the same time jiggling the shock absorber right and left with the help of the long tube (or wrench).
... To remove the rear shocks you can also buy a set of pry-bars (of different lengths; many auto stores have them) and simply wedge the tip between the bottom of the shock and the trailing arm. Give a good push against the shock and the shock will slide (or pop) right out.
Worse case, if everything is siezed use a big hammer and a chisel, I also used a pickle fork and it worked pretty well.
From - bmwe34.net
Last edited by Jack Dabsy; 05-13-2011 at 01:52 PM.
Reason: Not done one !
It all came apart quite easily and with both shocks out some of the pressure was relieved. There was no rust in particular but i used a hammer and piece of wood to keep fingers out of way. I replaced all of the rubbers and the gasket with new ones. Lucky as the LH strut had leaked and damaged the lower boot.
Fitting them back in was also easy. The difference to the ride and handling is nothing short of amazing.
Actually this car is very easy to work on, especially with the guidance of the Bentley manual.
I guess my real question was "How far do the trailing arms usually fall when you pull out the shocks?" I'm thinking there may be more work to do on the bushings.
__________________ My daily is a Mitsubishi HSGR (but I wouldn't mind an e34 525i)
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