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Old 01-02-2012, 01:25 PM   #85
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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Arkansas, USA
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My Ride: 2003 325iT
Just finished replacing the starter on my 2003 E46 yesterday and wanted to give a shout out to the OP for the great write up. Saved me a bunch of time and effort in figuring out how it had to come apart. I removed the fuel filter cover and dropped the Lower control arm and the starter easily came out the bottom. I found a long combination E12 at Harbor Freight that made getting to the top bolt easier. Put a small pipe on that wrench to break it loose and tighten back up. A short 3/8 is also handy when you have it loose. I did not have to remove the heater hoses, but I have pretty small hands and arms, and there is very little room to work in there. Air ratchet won't be any help at all. All in all not a fun job, but I just won't pay to have something done that I know I can do myself.
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