Hello everyone, this is my first ever posting.
Please help someone, I've searched the forums but can't find an exact answer.
I've changed both the rear shock absorbers on my E36 316 compact 1996.
I have gone through 2 sets of new BMW dealer provided rear mounting bushes within 100 miles of driving, since changing them.
The shock absorbers were new, non BMW parts, (size exact in length and diameter).
The previous rubber bushes were excessively worn, I understand this is a comon problem.
Now after 70 miles both the rubber bushes have been punched through the metal housing with the metal shock arm rattling around within the surround (ie, in the boot).
Unfortunately I do not have the original BMW shocks anymore to compare.
I fitted the new mounting from outside, up into the boot, fitted with new nuts.
The shock absorber appears to be correctly mounted onto the trailing arm, with bolt facing the flat metal plate, as is shown on tis/spaghetti decoder diagram.
Once the shock chrome arm is located through the rubber bush in the boot, I secure with new chrome washer and new nut. The suspension arm and wheel are then lowered, with nut secured at the trailing arm end.
I notice a slight rubber squeak when initially lowering the suspension, but can't find any excess "play" or rubbing.
The drive is good for 70 miles or so, then the chrome arm pushes the rubber mounting (obviously along with chrome washer and nut up into the boot).
What am I doing wrong?
Should there be a washer ( and or securing nut on the shock arm on the outside of the car, beneath the mountain bush)?
Some very kind local garage did mms me a picture of what it should look like but I've been unable to retrieve.
I cannot find and diagram on the web and the Haynes manual is not compact specific.
Many thanks in advance.