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Old 04-17-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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Thermostat DIY HELP!!!!

Does anyone know if I really new to take off the fan on my 2004 330ci with auto tranny? Can it be done without removing my fan? And does anyone know if I can rent the tool at pepboys?
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:34 PM   #2
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If you can't perform a "search" to learn from previous posts, are you sure you can complete this job? Cars with auto transmission have a bit more work to do because the mechanical fan is in the way.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:54 PM   #3
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Does anyone know if I really new to take off the fan on my 2004 330ci with auto tranny? Can it be done without removing my fan? And does anyone know if I can rent the tool at pepboys?
1 yes everybody knows
2 yes you need to take it off
3 don't know about renting the tools, but some managed to do it using a long wrench and a mallet.
4 personal advice to you: get the tool. Every time you are going to work on your car it will make your life easier and you wont have to whack on the water pump.

edit: OH and 5 MOST IMPORTANT: get a GENUINE BMW/Wahler thermostat. Do NOT get an aluminum one. Ask me how I know...

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Old 04-20-2011, 02:19 PM   #4
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Picking up THE TOOL THIS WEEKEND FROM City of Industry, CA. $42.00 for wrench and holder. Thanks to both of you for the advise. Epically John in VA. Those threads helped but I HATE READING!!!!!!! Not that much actually.
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