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Old 10-21-2012, 05:23 PM   #11
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Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Reading, PA
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My Ride: 2003, 325 XIT
I've replace two 325xi starters. You can access the bolts of the starter from the top by removing the cabin air intake tray and panel surrounding the brake booster. This gives limited access to the bolts. They are torx head bolts on the starter but a 12 pt I thinks its 3/8" socket and box wrench works nicely on them, if you don't have torx sockets. Its tight but you can get them out. The starter can be wiggled out the bottom. I didn't discover this until later but there is a panel on the firewall below where the cabin air tray mounts that can be removed that will give you some additional room to work. It is by far the hardest starter to remove that I've ever encountered in 40 yrs of home wrenching ordeals. No need to remove the intake mani or subframe thou.
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