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Old 01-19-2011, 05:34 PM   #121
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I am resurecting this thread Because I am about to change my belts!
Awesome write-up!
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:26 PM   #122
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Great, hope it helps you out!

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Old 01-21-2011, 05:42 PM   #123
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Great, hope it helps you out!

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Hey Kevin, Instructions were pretty much spot on aside from 2 differences
My fan is detached from the shroud held on with 3 T-30's (a royal Pain to say the least!) shroud will not come out till fan is detached,so with some finagelling I was able to squeeze my hand in to get them.
Second difference was the serpentine's adjuster was also a t-50. No problems with the install.

Now, every thing back together but still getting a whir sound coming from the serpentine side so gonna go back in and change out the adjuster I did notice an abundence of dust inside them.

Thank you for the great write up
and do you concur about the whir I'm getting being the adjuster?
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:00 PM   #124
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Hard to tell without hearing it but worth a look anyway.

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Old 02-19-2011, 11:30 AM   #125
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Awesome write-up. I literally just finished this and it took me about 25 minutes checking other components on the way. Thanks
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:09 AM   #126
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Glad it continues to help even over 3 years later!

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Old 05-04-2011, 06:29 PM   #127
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is this how a 330ci looks? and is the tensioners called the AC belt tensioner and the alternator tensioner? HOW hard is that job to do? thx
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:02 PM   #128
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Well it's been about 4.5 years since I originally wrote up the DIY and was time to change the belts again (actually by the look of them, a little past time to do it!). Glad I wrote this up as a reminder of the steps. This time I wasn't able to get the tensioner to detention as the allen head bolt stripped. Ended up having to take the hydraulic tensioner out, drill out the allen bolt, bought a new Grade 12.9 allen bolt at ACE and a new pulley at Advance Auto (twice the price of Bav Auto, had I only known as I was there yesterday :bang head and got everything back together.

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Old 07-23-2012, 04:50 PM   #129
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This may be a 5 year old thread but it came in useful today. Very straight forward and didn't take too long either. Thanks again. :o)
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:50 PM   #130
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Glad it helped you out.

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Old 07-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #131
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That why after all these years this forums is still helping out fellow BMW owners........
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:16 PM   #132
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I have to say this explination is priceless. Thanks for an OUTSTANDING description.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:48 PM   #133
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what kind of tool do you use to remove the fan shroud?
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:25 PM   #134
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Depends on what model car you have. Mine was held in with a T25 Torx (star like end instead of hex) head bolt. Some other model cars have the fan separate from the shroud and need a slightly different procedure. If you read through the whole thread you will see what some folks with a different setup from mine did.

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:55 AM   #135
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Just changed both belts last night, awesome post man. Thanks alot.

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Old 03-08-2014, 04:04 PM   #136
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Still works great!, thanks everyone.
BTW the proper belt routing to print out if you want is here:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...Drive_Belt.htm_nr_
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:35 PM   #137
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Just to add my (limited) experience... I have auto 328i with fan separate from shroud and was going to try and find a fan clutch removal tool.
I phoned the BMW mechanic to ask to borrow his snd he says just hit it with a big hammer on a 32mm wrench. I was sceptical to say the least. Did a you tube search... looked possible...
So after protecting the expansion tank and hose with bubble wrap thats whst I did.

Took 4 or 5 big hits and im not a small guy. Worked well and nothing broken. So the ghetto method does work on the auto..

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