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Old 10-14-2012, 09:09 AM   #130
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Originally Posted by b spot View Post
They have been THROBBING all night! I wish I had the time to finish up the job today before the pain set in

Can anyone confirm the wiring? I read a post that seemed exactly opposite of what I thought. Yellow striped wire sits just counter clockwise of the big positive terminal (I think up when the starter is installed) and the plain black wire is just clockwise of the positive terminal (down when the starter is installed).
On my 2004 330xi Automatic:
1- Yellow black ( thin wire ) goes on smallest bolt
2- Black solid ( little thicker ) goes on small bolt (a little bigger) than no.1 above
3- 2 big bolts: one you don't touch it's attached to solenoid, and the other has two big power wires attached to it.

See picture below of starter face up when in the process of removing from top.
After removing two power wires on big bolt.

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I removed the starter all from above without removing the manifold. Actually all work from above.

Good luck

Last edited by Mhnd; 10-14-2012 at 09:27 AM.
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