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Old 12-05-2012, 08:10 AM   #21
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Maybe I should just get the actual fan clutch tool off eBay-__- this is going to be a headache
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:13 AM   #22
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I'm just trying to get this job done this weekend I'm buying all my parts tomorrow and all I'm missing is the wrench. I'm scared something will break while driving if I keep putting this off. I've had this noise going on for 2 weeks now.
The procedure is fairly basic. The only thing that concerns most first time DIY-ers is the tightness of the WP nut and the lack of space to work within (initially...)

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:15 AM   #23
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Maybe I should just get the actual fan clutch tool off eBay-__- this is going to be a headache
I ordered this off Amazon yesterday:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s00_i00

I figure $30 isn't much to do the job right. I'll at least get 2-3 uses out of it anyway.

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The procedure is fairly basic. The only thing that concerns most first time DIY-ers is the tightness of the WP nut and the lack of space to work within (initially...)


That's a ton of room to work with compared with some other projects. The steering guibo comes to mind as my most cramped project so far. It's only rivaled by the driver side control arm inner ball joint nut.

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:23 AM   #24
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I'd argue and say the A/C FSR replacement is the back bender so far. But, I may change my mind when I eventually do the steering guibo...
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:30 AM   #25
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I'd argue and say the A/C FSR replacement is the back bender so far. But, I may change my mind when I eventually do the steering guibo...
That was another shitty one. You can't really get a good position to hold yourself up so you just end up getting a back cramp. Also there is the lower intake boot hose clamps that are impossible to get to. I failed to reach mine when I tried to remove it. I think I'm gonna buy new clamps and cut the old ones off. The current position is ridiculous.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:03 AM   #26
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That was another shitty one. You can't really get a good position to hold yourself up so you just end up getting a back cramp. Also there is the lower intake boot hose clamps that are impossible to get to. I failed to reach mine when I tried to remove it. I think I'm gonna buy new clamps and cut the old ones off. The current position is ridiculous.
I know exactly what you mean. It was a pain but I eventually got it and turned it around so its easier to remove for next time.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:04 AM   #27
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[QUOTE=WDE46;14952975]I ordered this off Amazon yesterday:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o01_s00_i00

I figure $30 isn't much to do the job right. I'll at least get 2-3 uses out of it anyway.

Yea I seen them on eBay as well.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:14 AM   #28
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The procedure is fairly basic. The only thing that concerns most first time DIY-ers is the tightness of the WP nut and the lack of space to work within (initially...)

Watch my vid to get an idea of what to expect -
So all I need is the 32mm wrench and something to hold the WP?
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:27 AM   #29
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So all I need is the 32mm wrench and something to hold the WP?
Correct.

Also, I should point out the button to the right of the "quote" button. You can click that on multiple replies to quote multiple things in one reply. I just discovered it last week. It's awesome.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:53 AM   #30
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So all I need is the 32mm wrench and something to hold the WP?
Technically.. Yes, that's really it. So, if you have a thin/flat enough 32mm wrench and "something" to prevent the WP from spinning, you're good to go. Once you use that special tool once, you'll get the idea of what needs to be done.

I just don't recommend whacking the wrench (Ever) to loosen the Fan clutch nut. But to each their own.

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You can click that on multiple replies to quote multiple things in one reply. I just discovered it last week. It's awesome.
What took you so long to figure that out?

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Old 12-05-2012, 10:08 AM   #31
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[QUOTE=BimmersGarage;14953207]Technically.. Yes, that's really it. So, if you have a thin/flat enough 32mm wrench and "something" to prevent the WP from spinning, you're good to go. Once you use that special tool once, you'll get the idea of what needs to be done.

I just don't recommend whacking the wrench (Ever) to loosen the Fan clutch nut. But to each their own.


Ok so I got myself a borrowed 32mm wrench. Now Im told that a thick, not to thick tho, long screw driver and I can hold the WP in place with that correct?
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:58 AM   #32
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You can.
All you're trying to do now is to prevent the waterpump pulley from turning while you unscrew the fan clutch nut... so whatever you find that can do that should work.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:00 AM   #33
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You can.
All you're trying to do now is to prevent the waterpump pulley from turning while you unscrew the fan clutch nut... so whatever you find that can do that should work.
Alright thks. I'll be taking pictures hopefully of the work.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:06 AM   #34
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Damn that just made my day-__- I bought the car with 105,000 miles. It's at 114k now.
Welcome to the world of owning a used E46. If you don't know the service history when purchased, plan on spending up to $2,000 the first year of ownership just to take care of the critical maintenance items so you can drive worry free. Once you get past that, your maintenance costs will fall off dramatically.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:30 AM   #35
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Welcome to the world of owning a used E46. If you don't know the service history when purchased, plan on spending up to $2,000 the first year of ownership just to take care of the critical maintenance items so you can drive worry free. Once you get past that, your maintenance costs will fall off dramatically.
Yep I know I will be spending that
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What took you so long to figure that out?
I have no idea really. I have been an active forum member on probably 25-30 forums using vBulletin over the years and I never noticed it. I guess I never needed it until now. Most of my other forums were for gaming or CAD stuff, so I was usually only addressing one person at a time.
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What took you so long to figure that out?
This was news to me too. Watch out people, I'm now EDUCATED!!

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Old 12-05-2012, 12:44 PM   #38
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Welcome to the world of owning a used E46. If you don't know the service history when purchased, plan on spending up to $2,000 the first year of ownership just to take care of the critical maintenance items so you can drive worry free. Once you get past that, your maintenance costs will fall off dramatically.
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First year of ownership I probably spent around 1500 dollars, with one big job left (suspension) and after that, just regular maintainance cost.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:49 PM   #39
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What's the mallet for? -_-
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What's the mallet for? -_-
Hitting the wrench and shocking the nut free as opposed to holding the WP pulley and smoothly breaking the nut free.
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