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Old 05-18-2017, 11:17 AM   #40001
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Old 05-18-2017, 12:01 PM   #40002
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Installed lumbar in the driver seat. Found this cable tucked inside the seat not connected to anything, any ideas what this is?
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:52 PM   #40003
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:54 PM   #40004
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:02 PM   #40005
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I can't find the post, but someone recently posted that their wife crashed their E46 and she just got a 335. Well, if it had around 127k miles, I just found it on cpart


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Old 05-18-2017, 09:37 PM   #40006
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Installed lumbar in the driver seat. Found this cable tucked inside the seat not connected to anything, any ideas what this is?


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Old 05-18-2017, 09:46 PM   #40007
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:36 PM   #40008
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With some good weather finally, I got around to doing the Oil Filter Housing Gasket on my 325xi.

Oh my, what a pain it was. First, the fan clutch was giving me issues, I could not get the damn nut to loosen. I gave up and called Advance Auto to see if they had the tool to help with it, and even though on the phone they said they did, when I got to the store, it wasn't the right one. However, my Dad offered to help and with a bit more force, broke the nut loose and got the fan out. Removing everything else on the way wasn't too bad, until I see that the gasket is not in bad shape, still felt like rubber. Whatever, $7 for a gasket is nothing for peace of mind. Putting the housing back on, oh man, I was pissed when I saw that one of bolts for the housing stripped out. Thankfully, I found a bigger bolt to work and hold on the remaining threads. But the worst part, absolute worst part, was getting the damn alternator back on. I swear it was in the right location so many times but the bolts would not go through. We must have spent at least an hour or more trying to get it back in it's place. Finally, it went into place and I put everything back together and started the car. No leaks that I noticed and car was driving fine.

Spent my whole day, >10 hours in this hot humid CT weather, to change a $7 gasket that was barely leaking, only to give me beaten up hands. But nothing feels better than the fact that I did it myself and saved almost $700 (what the dealer quoted me to fix the leak).

Probably going to be the last repair on this E46, hopefully I wont' have to change any oil filter housing gaskets on my next car.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:52 AM   #40009
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With some good weather finally, I got around to doing the Oil Filter Housing Gasket on my 325xi.

Oh my, what a pain it was. First, the fan clutch was giving me issues, I could not get the damn nut to loosen. I gave up and called Advance Auto to see if they had the tool to help with it, and even though on the phone they said they did, when I got to the store, it wasn't the right one. However, my Dad offered to help and with a bit more force, broke the nut loose and got the fan out. Removing everything else on the way wasn't too bad, until I see that the gasket is not in bad shape, still felt like rubber. Whatever, $7 for a gasket is nothing for peace of mind. Putting the housing back on, oh man, I was pissed when I saw that one of bolts for the housing stripped out. Thankfully, I found a bigger bolt to work and hold on the remaining threads. But the worst part, absolute worst part, was getting the damn alternator back on. I swear it was in the right location so many times but the bolts would not go through. We must have spent at least an hour or more trying to get it back in it's place. Finally, it went into place and I put everything back together and started the car. No leaks that I noticed and car was driving fine.

Spent my whole day, >10 hours in this hot humid CT weather, to change a $7 gasket that was barely leaking, only to give me beaten up hands. But nothing feels better than the fact that I did it myself and saved almost $700 (what the dealer quoted me to fix the leak).

Probably going to be the last repair on this E46, hopefully I wont' have to change any oil filter housing gaskets on my next car.
The trick on the alternator is to thread the bolts into it a few turns while you have it out and give them a couple of smacks with a hammer. This opens up the sliders so it goes back down in more easily.

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Old 05-19-2017, 10:09 AM   #40010
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Sometimes those sliders are tight af. I've spent an hour before trying to wrestle an alternator out of an e36/e46 without destroying everything around it. and some times it slides right in the first try.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:12 AM   #40011
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:18 AM   #40012
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Timely, I'm in the midst of an alternator change right now. M56 share alternators with 530s, not e46, so I had the fun of removing an idler from an unmounted alternator before even starting on the car itself.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:20 AM   #40013
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Sometimes those sliders are tight af. I've spent an hour before trying to wrestle an alternator out of an e36/e46 without destroying everything around it. and some times it slides right in the first try.
Yeah, the joys of steel inserts in aluminum. A good spray of some penetrant helps free them up.

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Old 05-19-2017, 12:04 PM   #40014
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The trick on the alternator is to thread the bolts into it a few turns while you have it out and give them a couple of smacks with a hammer. This opens up the sliders so it goes back down in more easily.

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I've removed my alt twice on this car and it's too easy. yjsaabman knows the trick.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:41 PM   #40015
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:50 PM   #40016
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The trick on the alternator is to thread the bolts into it a few turns while you have it out and give them a couple of smacks with a hammer. This opens up the sliders so it goes back down in more easily.

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Old 05-19-2017, 06:40 PM   #40017
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I hit the bolt with a dead blow hammer while it was still threaded partially to knock it back.
Too bad some dufus stripped the pitman arm on the hydraulic tensioner changing belts in the past.
No way to apply tension to the pulley to compress it, bolt would just turn.
No time to wait for just the pitman arm ($60), my hand is forced into getting a complete assembly. ($240) bc that is all dealership has in stock.
Might as well change idler and belt so I never have to take it off again... I hope.
$100 alternator replacement quickly is turning into a $500 job.
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I hit the bolt with a dead blow hammer while it was still threaded partially to knock it back.
Too bad some dufus stripped the pitman arm on the hydraulic tensioner changing belts in the past.
No way to apply tension to the pulley to compress it, bolt would just turn.
No time to wait for just the pitman arm ($60), my hand is forced into getting a complete assembly. ($240) bc that is all dealership has in stock, and I have a job to get to.
Might as well change idler and belt so I never have to take it off again... I hope.
$100 alternator replacement quickly is turning into a $500 job.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:08 PM   #40019
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I hit the bolt with a dead blow hammer while it was still threaded partially to knock it back.
Too bad some dufus stripped the pitman arm on the hydraulic tensioner changing belts in the past.
No way to apply tension to the pulley to compress it, bolt would just turn.
No time to wait for just the pitman arm ($60), my hand is forced into getting a complete assembly. ($240) bc that is all dealership has in stock, and I have a job to get to.
Might as well change idler and belt so I never have to take it off again... I hope.
$100 alternator replacement quickly is turning into a $500 job.
Try this method to compress the tensioner Where do you get $100 alternators that aren't junk?
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:27 PM   #40020
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I've been experiencing an odd shudder when easing the clutch out, usually moving the car around in the shop at work, or in a parking lot. Threw it up on the lift today and checked the trans mounts, CBS, and rear diff mounts. The diff mounts are pretty shot. Good news is I have a set of HD ones on hand. Some day next week I'll tackle them and prob change the fluid at the same time.

While it was up in the air I fixed something that had been bugging me with the exhaust. When the Racing Dynamics rear muffler was installed the stock pipes were cut too short. Add to that a slightly larger pipe diameter on the RD rear section (it really would have slip fit quite nicely) and the stiff BMW branded band clamps that were used did not seal well, or hold the pipes in a decent alignment. The tips had always been a bit crooked and rubbing the bumper slightly. So off with the clamps, a little clean up and tweaking, and I welded the RD rear section to the rest of the exhaust. No more leaks, better alignment out the back, and a much happier Fanatic. Sorry, no pics. They certainly weren't the prettiest welds I've ever done.

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