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Old 11-16-2016, 01:38 PM   #1
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E46 Starter Replacement Quick removal

inspired by this thread http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...28&postcount=1 so i finally decided to tackle this last night..

only took me 1.5 or maybe 2 hours or less and i will show what i did to make this job as quick as possible..

this is a combination of top and bottom but no need to take the intake manifold and i only jack the front wheels..

pieces to remove:

1: Top - cabin filter cover and the one on the ECU/DME
2: Bottom - Plastic splash shield and the aluminum cover

thats it, i remove the starter and reinstall everything underneath.

tools needed

1: 10mm or 3/8 ratcheting wrench. i used this set http://www.sears.com/craftsman-20-pi...p-00946820000P

*** if you are worried about stripping the bolt you can buy E10 from link below.


2: 3/8 ratchet to use as leverage and this fit exactly on the 3/8 or 10mm http://www.sears.com/craftsman-3-8-i...p-00944815000P

*** this is for the inner starter bolt which i break and remove on top

3: E12 3/8 socket, wobble pieces and 3/8 extension

*** this is for the outer starter bolt which i remove underneath.


inner starter bolt removal (10mm or 3/8 wrench + 3/8 ratchet to use a leverage)

outer starter bolt removal. this is the easiest part. done and bolt is out in less than 5min

Hope this helps everyone..

Last edited by mikeetastic; 11-18-2016 at 10:07 AM.
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Old 11-16-2016, 03:20 PM   #2
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glad it worked boss! just be careful using standard wrenches on torx heads, they could strip and then yer screwed. but glad it worked
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