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Old 11-15-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
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Starter motor mounting holes help!!!

According to RealOEM.com the right starter motor for my car is part no 12411740379 which bolts holes look like this
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But it would be impossible to install because the holes that the bolt goes into is NOT threaded, the old ones looks like this

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I need those threaded holes so the bolt can fix onto it. But even BMW recommended me the un-threaded hole for the starter. Is there so additional bracket I need to install the starter motor?

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Old 11-15-2011, 03:13 PM   #2
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Maybe because the block or the bell housing is threaded....

Have you taken the old starter motor out????

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Old 11-15-2011, 04:04 PM   #3
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Oh boy, the starter motor is not fun to take out. To unscrew those 2 torx bolts I had to use about 6 adapters for my ratchet. The hardest part is getting the torx bit to actually go into the bolt head as there is very little room! You have to reach up there and guide it on (easier with smaller hands), then while someone else unscrews it I held everything in place to make sure the torx bit doesn't come off the bolt head.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:07 PM   #4
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I need those grooves so the bolt can fix onto it. But even BMW recommended me the groove-less hold starter. Is there so additional bracket I need to install the starter motor?
There is no additional bracket. The bolts just screw into the block like bobz said.
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:40 PM   #5
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damn... that means i bought the wrong part..
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:34 PM   #6
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Have you taken the old starter motor out???

Yes or No

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Have you taken the old starter motor out???

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No,

But im pretty sure the old one has threads on the hole.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:55 AM   #8
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the part number you supplied has the bolts going through the casting and onto the starter motor, did you get a new starter already delivered?

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the part number you supplied has the bolts going through the casting and onto the starter motor, did you get a new starter already delivered?

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yep, got it last week. i think it wont be able to mount cause the hole on the starter has no threads....
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:36 AM   #10
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You may have to bite the bullet and remove your current fitted starter motor and really check it out and look for any part numbers.

I think our cars all came with Bosch starter motors so you may find a Bosch p/n instead of the BMW p/n but you should be able to find info on the net to sort that out.
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So the starter motor you got has it got threaded holes?

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So the starter motor you got has it got threaded holes?

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the new one no, the old one yes. im going to take it out tomorrow but im pretty sure the old one has threads.
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I have a feeling the old one in your car doesn't have threaded holes.

We'll see who is right soon .
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I have a feeling the old one in your car doesn't have threaded holes.

We'll see who is right soon .
I hope your right, cause im 100% sure I bought the right part.
checked it through realoem.com lol
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When you had a look at the realOEM picture the right one has the bolts going from the front of the car to the rear and the bolts are threaded to the starter motor....,

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When you had a look at the realOEM picture the right one has the bolts going from the front of the car to the rear and the bolts are threaded to the starter motor....,

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Old 11-16-2011, 06:50 AM   #17
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my old cars starter wasn't threaded as bobz is saying so i think you'll be safe
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i heard they changed the size aswell, the old one is apparently smaller, whilst the new ones are a bit larger.
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