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getting tired of having your front or rear trunk lids drop on your head?
Then itís probably time to replace your hood shocks. These are among the
most disposable of parts on the BMW. They will fail, itís just a matter of
when. Replacing them is an easy task, one made even easier for those with
small hands who can manipulate tiny pieces. With a little bit of patience,
you can replace your hood and trunk lid shocks in about 30 minutes.
The front hood uses two gas-pressurized shocks to hold
up its weight. Start by lifting up the front hood and propping it open using
a long stick or a baseball bat. Make sure this support is securely affixed,
as the hood will hurt or maim you if it falls upon your head. Starting with
the right side, remove the small clip on the pin that connects the hood
shock to the hood itself. Remove the same pin from the mount that connects
the shock to the lower mount in the engine compartment.
Install the new shock in the same place and orientation
as the old one. Refasten the clips to the pins and make sure they are
secure. Repeat the procedure for the left side. It is very easy to drop both
the pin and the clip down into the recesses of the engine compartment, so
work carefully and donít rush.
The rear trunk shocks are very similar in their
replacement process. Thereís a small clip that holds in a plastic retainer
on the E36 modelsósimply use a small screwdriver to pry up the clip, and
then pull off the plastic retainer clip.
While youíre in this area,
you will probably want to check out your trunkís wire harness. See Photo 2
of Project 82 for more details.
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