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Old 05-05-2008, 08:15 AM   #1
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rear spring change

Hi everyone, I am a new member. I drive a 2002 330xi I have a broken left rear spring, the dealer wants over $600 to change both rears. I have been pricing each at $124. Is it a difficult procedure to attempt myself? What are the steps in performing this procedure? Has anyone used raxles.com in replacing the front axle. My left front cv boot is tore and it was recommended to replace the axle and cv joints in the process instead of just the boots, any recommendations? I appreciate any help.
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:28 AM   #2
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Doug,

The rear springs are said to be easy to change, but from my experience it was a pain. Really all you have to do is jack up the rear, rest it on jack stands, and take off the bolt that secures the strut to the control arm. From there it is advised to have someone help you push down on the axle so you will have enough room to wiggle the spring out.

If you normally work on cars then you can attempt it at your own risk. If not then leave it to a professional. I can't help you with the axles cause I have never had to work on them before.

Good luck.
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:43 AM   #3
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Sorry you had a bad experience.

It's about as hard as making a PB&J sandwich. Instead, spend the $250 on a set of performance springs, rent a spring compressor for the fronts, and have a full new set of springs. There are a thousand threads on chaning the springs on the forum. Do a search in the DIY section. You're sure to find everything you'll need.

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Old 05-05-2008, 11:45 AM   #4
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Both of my rear springs broke.

1.) Loosen the rear lugnuts

2.) Jack the car up in the rear by jacking on the subframe in teh middle near the diff.

3.) put jack stands on the rear stock jack pads.

4.) Remove jack and rear wheels.

5.) Release the parking brake. This will allow your axil to lower down.

6.) Remove the bolts on the bottom of the shocks.

7.) Your springs will fall out. If not, have a friend stand on the axil.

8.) Have a friend stand on the axil so that you can put new springs in.

9.) Put your car back together.


You can buy stock rear springs used for cheap from people on the forum that have them laying around. Go to the for sale section.

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Old 05-05-2008, 11:49 AM   #5
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See... PB&J.

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Both of my rear springs broke.

1.) Loosen the rear lugnuts

2.) Jack the car up in the rear by jacking on the subframe in teh middle near the diff.

3.) put jack stands on the rear stock jack pads.

4.) Remove jack and rear wheels.

5.) Release the parking brake. This will allow your axil to lower down.

6.) Remove the bolts on the bottom of the shocks.

7.) Your springs will fall out. If not, have a friend stand on the axil.

8.) Have a friend stand on the axil so that you can put new springs in.

9.) Put your car back together.


You can buy stock rear springs used for cheap from people on the forum that have them laying around. Go to the for sale section.

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Old 05-05-2008, 01:49 PM   #6
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even if you have htem to it is a rip off

i got my 4 springs installed for $200 total.

dont pay that kinda money.
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