How To Replace Shock Absorbers: BMW 1 Series

Learn how to replace rear BMW X1 shock absorbers with our comprehensive guide. The video outlines every step of the process from removing the old shock absorbers to fitting new ones in the vehicle.

Please note that BMW shock replacement and maintenance may vary depending on the model and year. For example, 3 Series BMW e90 shocks are mounted differently than 1 Series shocks.

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BMW X1 Shock Absorber Replacement Tools

Make sure you have the following vehicle maintenance and repair tools at your disposal:

  • KYB Rear Shock Absorber for BMW 1 Series – R&L: Excel-G, Twin Tube (Part No.349041)
  • Torque/socket wrench: 16, 17 mm, T25, T40
  • Spanner: 16 mm 
  • Pliers
  • Penetrating oil
  • Wheel chocks
  • Transmission jack lift

BMW X1 Rear Shock Absorber Replacement Steps

  1. Remove the boot lining
  2. Raise the vehicle using a transmission jack lift
  3. Remove the old shock absorber from the wheel arch
  4. Place the new shock absorber in the wheel arch
  5. Install the mounting cap and upper fastener
  6. Lower the vehicle
  7. Re-fit the wheel
  8. Re-install the boot lining

Master Each Step With Our BMW Shock Absorber Replacement Video

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should BMW shock absorbers last?

BMW shock absorbers should last between 5 and 10 years if the vehicle is used daily. Be sure to have your shock absorbers checked or replaced every 50 000km.

What suspension does BMW X1 have?

BMW X1 suspension has a MacPherson front strut with multiple control arms attached to the chassis. This allows for a smooth ride in eco, comfort or sport mode.

How much are shocks for a BMW?

KYB BMW shocks typically cost between R800 and R2000, depending on the supplier and potential installation costs. Shock absorber pricing is determined by its size, structure, and specifications.

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Common fitting tips

Front or back, and no matter the vehicle, make sure you follow these installation tips.

Suspension: an overview

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Common failure reasons

Learn more about the common causes of shock absorber failure and how to address them.

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