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Old 03-05-2005, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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today I noticed my right rear strut is leaking on my 92 525I. Do I need any special tools or will my basic hand tools do the job? Also will I need a 4 wheel alignment done on the car after this work has been completed?


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Aside from a spring compressor that you can borrow from Auto Zone, just requires basic metric wrenches and sockets.
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Thanks, also read somewhere that you hsould replace the shock mounts.Not to sound dumb but, I dont see what they are talking about here.
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Shock mounts are the metal/rubber pieces at the top of the strut where the three bolts attach. If they are shot, then replace but in most caes they are in good shape (not torn) so they do not need replacing.
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The rear shock mount replacement is really up to you. I personally would change it, depending on the milage. You also can not align the rear.
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Thanks for the help guys. I did the job today and it went fairly smooth only took about 3hrs. would have been faster but one stuborn shock did not want to come out of the control arm. rides like a dream again.
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Thanks for the help guys. I did the job today and it went fairly smooth only took about 3hrs. would have been faster but one stuborn shock did not want to come out of the control arm. rides like a dream again.
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I will try and get some pics in the next couple days.
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bit late on this occasion, but for anyone else who may need to do theirs

it is highly recommended that when you change the shocks you do the top mounts regardless of how they appear.
most people only change shocks when it is necessary, as in this case, because a shock is leaking. with the amount of mileage done between changes, the mounts are likely to go before the next time the shocks need changing, meaning the job has to be done again for a part that is fairly inexpensive
it's not too bad for people who do their own work, it's just costs them time, but for people who have to pay someone to do it for them, it will save money in the long term
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