5 Series E60 520d (N47) SAL
31 01 95 (006)
Replacing shock absorber
If a shock absorber is defective on one side of the vehicle (leaking, noises, limit violation
during shock test), both shock absorbers on the axle concerned are frequently replaced.
There is no technical necessity for this, meaning the manufacturer will refuse to recognise
as a damaged part the shock absorber that did not need replacing. For the customer,
unnecessarily high costs can be avoided by replacing only the shock absorber on the one
On the above model series, the following points should be noted when replacing a shock
Up to a mileage of 50,000 km, shock absorbers should be replace on one side only.
On vehicles with level control, a slight oil seepage is usually present on the piston rod
of the rear shock absorbers. These spring struts may have an oil coating at most over
half the length of the outer tube of the shock absorber, i.e. they may "sweat".
Both shock absorbers should always be replaced on all models built by M-GmbH,
even if only one of the shock absorbers exceeds the tolerance levels.
SI Replacing shock absorber All series
BMW AG - TIS
Issue status (12/2007) Valid only until next DVD is issued
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