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Old 08-13-2016, 09:45 PM
Jat007 Jat007 is offline
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Unhappy Rear Spring Coils Replacement Questions

Both of my 04' X3 rear coil springs broke at the bottom of the coil springs. I finally got new replacements couple of days ago.. I tried to replace them this morning and I could get it all the way in. I needed another 1/2 inch or so. I removed the bottom bolt for the rear shock and thought that would be enough, but I was wrong. It was so easy on the 3 Series like the E46's model. I didn't want to remove anything else, so I put the old broken coils back in the car for now. I even went to the auto parts store and rented the coils compressors, but the one they had to rent is for the front-end coil springs.

Any ideas what else I need to remove to accomplished this rear coil springs replacement guys?

Help!

Thanks,

Jay
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:31 PM
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Use the jack trick. Worked perfectly for me. Here's a video

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Old 08-14-2016, 07:51 AM
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I used this trick on the 3 Series, but I don't think you can use this on the X3.

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Old 08-14-2016, 09:43 AM
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Use a long pry bar and angle it out. I didn't have one so I ended up wedging a 1/2" breaker bar under the spring and pressing down until I was able to somewhat compress the spring on angle to pull it out of there. This works best if you have a helper and one of you steps on the trailing arm to give you a little bit more room. Also coil compressors are useless in this situation, you can't get them in there or if you do it'll be tough to get them out.
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Old 08-14-2016, 03:16 PM
timarnold timarnold is offline
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I wedged a 4 foot section of 1" pipe into the lower wishbone and pushed down on it to remove & replace the spring. You definitely have to remove the lower shock bolt.
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Old 08-14-2016, 05:58 PM
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I used this trick on the 3 Series, but I don't think you can use this on the X3.

Thanks.
You can. I did it with mine...
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:22 AM
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Man, I really tried and I failed. I will give it another go this coming weekend or next week sometime.

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Old 10-30-2016, 02:49 PM
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position

Thank you so much for sharing the video! I used regular scissor jack. It worked perfectly.

By the way, the video mentioned that place the spring with the marker face outside. I didn't find the marker on my replacement. Does the position really matter? Thanks!


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Use the jack trick. Worked perfectly for me. Here's a video

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Old 10-30-2016, 04:21 PM
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Why not use a spring compressor?
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Old 10-30-2016, 05:39 PM
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I don't have one

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Why not use a spring compressor?
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Old 10-30-2016, 05:48 PM
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Why not use a spring compressor?
Those that have rented one to try have found that you don't have clearance to attach it.

Isn't a spring compressor primarily intended for use on the bench when dealing with a strut assembly?
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Old 10-31-2016, 06:09 AM
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I've never used one on the car due to clearance issues. When swapping front coils on older stuff, I'd always just used leverage and a safety chain.
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Old 10-31-2016, 07:04 AM
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Release the sway bar bolts and it will let you pull it open more. Watch you fingers. I lost a thumb nail rushing them at the shop.
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