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Old 03-05-2017, 11:14 AM   #1
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Sarcasm.... So I just noticed one of the bolts is gone from the passenger side strut on my 2002 325xi touring.

Looked at a few diagrams and tutorials... seems like the whole assembly has to come out to get to the strut mounting plate. Is that correct?

If the whole thing needs to come out, then at that point it should the 15yo original strut be replaced? (Which, I know means replacing the other side too.)

Likely this will not be DIY.

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Old 03-05-2017, 11:21 AM   #2
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Sarcasm.... So I just noticed one of the bolts is gone from the passenger side strut on my 2002 325xi touring.


Looked at a few diagrams and tutorials... seems like the whole assembly has to come out to get to the strut mounting plate. Is that correct?

If the whole thing needs to come out, then at that point it should the 15yo original strut be replaced? (Which, I know means replacing the other side too.)

Likely this will not be DIY.

Thoughts? Advice?
You are correct. If you're going to replace the hats (which includes the threaded rod for the nut you're talking about) then I would absolutely 100% use new struts at that point. At 15 years those struts died two lifetimes ago lol. How many miles?
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Old 03-05-2017, 01:24 PM   #3
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About 150k miles on the odo
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Old 03-05-2017, 01:58 PM   #4
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I absolutely agree with replacing both struts and most other suspension related items based on mileage. if you want cost saving suggestions on that just ask. As to your broken stud, a simple way it could be fixed would be to drill straight down through the top hole with a sharp 1/8 or 1/4" bit, then increase to the proper size and install a nut and bolt without taking anything apart.

Try not to enlarge the chassis strut mount hole.
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Lots of life left. That was probably the result of an overly zealous previous owner. Those nuts don't take a lot of torque.
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Lots of life left. That was probably the result of an overly zealous previous owner. Those nuts don't take a lot of torque.

I think its time to replace them
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:45 AM   #7
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150k they are done at least three times over depending on the roads in your area.

I would get Sachs shocks with EVERYTHING that belongs attached to them brand new (bump stops, nuts, strut mount, spring pads, lower pinch bolt, etc) I would buy from FCP since they have lifetime warranty.
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looks to me like the stud dropped out the bottom.

And you could just pop a bolt in it. It would be a real treat getting the nut on the bottom...

I have a suspicion, tho, based on how things are misaligned, that your strut tops are mushroomed...

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I have a suspicion, tho, based on how things are misaligned, that your strut tops are mushroomed...

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Hmmm, Probably just on that one side... had a minor impact on the front passenger side; which might be what popped the bolt.

In general though, aren't those strut bars supposed to prevent the mushrooming of the towers? -clearly that doesn't apply in this case.
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