BMW 3 Series E30

since 1983-1994 release

Repair and operation of the car

+ 1. Maintenance instruction
+ 2. Maintenance
+ 3. Engine
+ 4. Cooling system
+ 5. Heating and ventilation
+ 6. Fuel system
+ 7. Exhaust system
+ 8. Transmissions
+ 9. Coupling
+ 10. Brake system
- 11. Running gear
   11.1.10. Back springs
   11.1.11. Bar of the back stabilizer of cross stability
   11.1.12. Levers of a back suspension bracket
   11.1.13. Bearings of back wheels
   11.1.14. Angles of installation of wheels
   11.1.2. Specifications
   11.1.3. Stabilizer of cross stability of a forward suspension bracket
   11.1.4. Suspension bracket lever
   11.1.5. Rack of a forward suspension bracket
   11.1.6. Springs or shock-absorber of a rack of a suspension bracket
   11.1.7. Spherical support
   11.1.8. Nave of a forward wheel and bearing
   11.1.9. Back shock-absorbers
   + 11.2. Steering
+ 12. Body
+ 13. Electric equipment
+ 14. Useful tips


11.1.6. Springs or shock-absorber of a rack of a suspension bracket


At detection of dribble of liquid from shock-absorbers, at loss of shock-absorbing properties of a suspension bracket, in case of shrinkage or damages of springs it is necessary to estimate the volume of the forthcoming works and to choose the most expedient option. In the spare part racks which can be got in exchange for old with surcharge are delivered. Before dismantling of knot of a rack be convinced available necessary spare parts.

When dismantling a rack it is necessary to take precautionary measures as sudden straightening of a spring can lead to serious injuries. You store the compressed spring in the place inaccessible for strangers.


1. Remove a rack (see subsection 11.1.5) and clamp in a vice through rags or a wooden pro-rate.
2. Squeeze a rack spring adaptation to unload a rack.
3. Remove a protective cap of a nut of a rod of the shock-absorber. Release a nut, holding a rod.
4. Turn off a nut, remove the rack bearing, laying and a washer. Check freedom of rotation of the bearing. Replace the jamming bearing. Check a condition of rubber laying. In the presence of cracks, wear and peeling of rubber replace laying.
5. Remove a plate springs and a rubber ring. Replace the damaged ring.
6. Carefully remove the compressed spring and you store it in a steel case.
7. Pick up the protective phone and the rubber buffer from a rod. Check their state and if necessary replace.
8. Turn off a cap nut and remove the shock-absorber, merge from it oil.
9. Fill in in the shock-absorber 20–25 cubic see oils for the engine (except gas-filled shock-absorbers). Oil provides heat removal to the case of the shock-absorber and viscosity of the oil which is filled in in the shock-absorber does not matter.

10. Assembly is carried out upside-down. Tighten a cap nut and a nut of a rod with the set moments. Combine the termination of a spring with a fillet on rubber laying of a spring and on a cup.
11. Install a rack on the car upside-down.