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Old 11-04-2012, 12:37 PM   #149
zwei e46
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Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: New Hampshire
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My Ride: '99 323i & '05 325xi
Changed out the gasket and oil pipe on the xi as pm. Was familiar with this job having done this on the 323, but this DIY was a great refresher. At 89k, I was surprised how pliable the gasket still was. The oil pipe however started to leak at the housing connection. I opted to remove the housing this time and really cleaned everything up. No problems on the install until I was putting the belt back on. STRIPPED THE TENSIONER BOLT Thought I was screwed until I found the "ax" method ...
I've since picked up a replacement bolt and will work on swapping it out in the future.
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