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  1. How to replace E36 and E46 rear springs. 
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    I have decided to do a guide on this as we seem to have a lot of questions regarding rear springs snapping and replacement on the 3 series.
    This was done on an E36 but the same procedure applies for the E46 as well..

    I have done this on a ramp, but same priciples apply on your drive, instead of a transmission jack a trolly jack will do...

    Tools you will need are: Trolly jack, 18mm socket, rachet or spanner and a long bar or a fat mate..

    First jack the rear of the car up and make sure it is sat firmly on axle stands and then remove the wheel...




    Then support the rear hub assembly with a jack...


    Now undo the lower shock absorber 18mm headed bolt...


    Now remove the jack and let the whole hub assembly hang free....


    Now this is where you may need a hand. You can use a long bar to pull the rear hub assmbly down enough to just pull out the rear spring. TBH is easier on the floor as you can get a fat mate just to stand on the rear hub and this will pull the arm down enough to remove the spring.


    Then when you have swapped the upper and lower rubber spring pads to the new spring, pull the arm down in the same way as removal and the new spring wil go in...

    Then you jack the rear arm assembly up to compress the spring and you can then re fit the lower shock absorber bolt.


    Job done. Then re fit and torque the wheels....
     
     

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    Another excellent guide Steve
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    Another excellent guide Steve
    Cheers Stk...
     
     

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    nice one steve
    that should save a sh-t load of answers
     
     

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    This is a great help, my offside rear spring has just snapped on my 2002 318ci, is this a common problem??
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richwhufc View Post
    This is a great help, my offside rear spring has just snapped on my 2002 318ci, is this a common problem??
    Yes mate. It does seem to be a common problem on the E36 and E46...
    At least its an easy fix.....
     
     

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    Deffo easier with the car in the air Steve . Also noticed it's your old car right?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    Deffo easier with the car in the air Steve . Also noticed it's your old car right?
    Thats the car Neal..
    Bloody thing, I was on it all day sat in the end....
     
     

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    cheers for this steve, will come in handy when i fit my lowering springs.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooperjohn View Post
    cheers for this steve, will come in handy when i fit my lowering springs.
    Cheers John. Ill do a guide for the front soon as well mate...
     
     

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