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Old 04-02-2021, 01:56 PM
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That's good

Hopefully however was responsible for that blunder will get yelled at and ridiculed for some time to come.

"You guys need anything from the coffee shop"

"Yeah I'll take a couple bolts for a shock"

- Pointing an laughter ensues
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Old 04-02-2021, 02:43 PM
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Even vehicles with rear air springs still have a rear shock absorber.
https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/sho...diagId=33_1031

You would need to tighten it with the vehicle in normal position and torqued to 127 Nm. Tightening when the vehicle is not on the ground must be avoided. First connect it when the vehicle is off the ground. It's gonna be tough. Then lower the vehicle and torque it to spec. I did a complete suspension overhaul right in my garage on my back.

I'd recommend inspecting all the work they did, especially the top of the shocks where they connect to the vehicles body.
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Even vehicles with rear air springs still have a rear shock absorber.
https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/sho...diagId=33_1031

You would need to tighten it with the vehicle in normal position and torqued to 127 Nm. Tightening when the vehicle is not on the ground must be avoided. First connect it when the vehicle is off the ground. It's gonna be tough. Then lower the vehicle and torque it to spec. I did a complete suspension overhaul right in my garage on my back.

I'd recommend inspecting all the work they did, especially the top of the shocks where they connect to the vehicles body.
Excellent idea!
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Mechanics are human beings too.

Sometimes people (shop owners, other mechanics) come and talk to the mechanics, causing distraction.

This is why I always have a clean work area:
- Clean the garage floor before doing any work.
- Any nuts/bolts removed: I place them on a piece of cardboard.
If necessary, I label them so during installation, it is a breeze.

Once done and everything buttoned up, I always mentally go through all the nuts/bolts to be sure they are all torqued correctly...When in doubt, check again.

Then test drive in the neighborhood and/or highway...
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Mechanics are human beings too.

Sometimes people (shop owners, other mechanics) come and talk to the mechanics, causing distraction.

This is why I always have a clean work area:
- Clean the garage floor before doing any work.
- Any nuts/bolts removed: I place them on a piece of cardboard.
If necessary, I label them so during installation, it is a breeze.

Once done and everything buttoned up, I always mentally go through all the nuts/bolts to be sure they are all torqued correctly...When in doubt, check again.

Then test drive in the neighborhood and/or highway...
I thought a test drive was standard practice for mechanics. They should have definitely felt or heard the shock loose if they took it for a drive.
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Old 04-02-2021, 08:16 PM
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Mechanics are human beings too.

Sometimes people (shop owners, other mechanics) come and talk to the mechanics, causing distraction.

This is why I always have a clean work area:
- Clean the garage floor before doing any work.
- Any nuts/bolts removed: I place them on a piece of cardboard.
If necessary, I label them so during installation, it is a breeze.

Once done and everything buttoned up, I always mentally go through all the nuts/bolts to be sure they are all torqued correctly...When in doubt, check again.

Then test drive in the neighborhood and/or highway...
Yep, and take lots and lots of pics, or even videos. When I did the valve stem seals, pics were absolutely essential for me to reassemble flawlessly.
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Yep, and take lots and lots of pics, or even videos. When I did the valve stem seals, pics were absolutely essential for me to reassemble flawlessly.
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