From digest.v6.n744 Sat Jun 7 17:45:32 1997
Date: Sat, 07 Jun 97 10:38:21 -0500
Subject: Re: <E36> shocks - replace?
>From: paul_at_research.bell-labs.com (Paul Krzyzanowski)
>Date: Fri, 6 Jun 1997 09:46:17 -0400
>Subject: <E36> shocks - replace?
>A few weeks ago I took my '93 325is to Princeton BMW for
>a complimentary inspection. The verdict was that all was
>fine but the "rubber is starting to separate from one of
>the rear shcoks". The recommendation that came in the mail
>was for me to give them $264.35 and get both rear shock
>tops replaced. I'm not well versed in this area and the
>shocks seem to operate fine for me. Not wanting to take
>their recommendation on blind faith, how can I evaluate the
>condition myself (what should I look for)?
This is a well known E36 issue, in fact the Roundel carried
an article not too long ago on how to do the replacement
yourself. The rubber and metal parts of the bushings where
the rear shocks attach to the shock towers separate from
one another. The symptom is a clunking sound when you pass
over low speed bumps such as railroad crossings.
Note that the parts to be replaced are not the shocks
themselves - unless of course they're worn out also - just
I had this done under warranty on my '92 325i.
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