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Old 11-27-2012, 06:19 PM   #281
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Hooray I paid a mechanic $300+ to do this ...
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:46 PM   #282
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Hooray, With The Help of This Site I didn't. Cost me 60 minutes and $2.00 in parts
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:57 AM   #283
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I did mine yesterday.
For those who may be intimidated by this job, the following youtube clip walks you step by step. It took me under 3 hours. If I had to do again, I think I can do it in less than 2 hours.
Watching the video, being deliberate, cleaning the oily mess.
During my research, some recommended skipping raising the car/driving up on ramps. I recommend this step so that you can remove the splash guard and clean everything under the car specially because there will be oil everywhere. It's also much easier to get to one of the bolts.

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Old 02-04-2013, 05:38 PM   #284
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Thanks for the video jcns!
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:00 PM   #285
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I just finished re-assembly (decided to also redo my oil separator) when I turn the key I'm only getting a click, click, click sound and no turn over. Anyone have this problem?
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:41 PM   #286
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I just finished re-assembly (decided to also redo my oil separator) when I turn the key I'm only getting a click, click, click sound and no turn over. Anyone have this problem?
I'll bet you forgot to connect something to your alternator.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:23 PM   #287
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Mango suggested checking battery, so I walked it down to the local shop and had it charged. Started up no problem. Note to self... always disconnect battery.
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:53 AM   #288
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Mango suggested checking battery, so I walked it down to the local shop and had it charged. Started up no problem. Note to self... always disconnect battery.
Although it seems that the OFHG replacement does not seem to be an electrically associated project, it is still SAFER for you and your vehicle to disconnect the battery. You could literally sustain 2nd to 3rd degree burns, or a heart attack at worst from inadvertently touching a live wire connected to the alternator and then not only do you have an out of commission vehicle, but also a huge hospital bill if you survived the shock without permanent injury.

I suppose that's why there are disclaimers in these DIYs but also I always take note of the warnings associated with personal injury. It's up to you though, I'm just trying to look out for a fellow Fanatic...
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:02 PM   #289
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Lesson learned. I did (blue) tape the alternator wire when I disconnected it. But I will definitely disconnect battery next time.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:14 AM   #290
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protect those radiator fins

Unless the rad is going to pulled when doing any repairs that require removal of fan shroud & fan to work on the front of the engine, protect the rad fins by placing stiff cardboard next to the rad to cover entire area. Then tape along to the top of rad support for holding out of the way. Long bolts & ratchet handles will make a mess of those fins if left unprotected. You can't be careful enough not to flatten them. Remember the air must be able to pass thru the rad for cooling to take place.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:56 AM   #291
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Thank you all so much for this thread! If not for you folks, I would not have been able to replace my Oil Filter Housing Gasket. I have a few things I'd like to contribute as a way of thanking you and to help folks just starting this project.

1. Belt Tensioners I: Note that they are different depending on when your car was made AND it's possible a previous owner upgraded from a mechanical to hydraulic so you really need to look and compare with pictures on parts supplier's websites before buying replacements.

2. Belt Tensioners II: The mechanical tensioners have a 5/8 in nub built in to release tension -put your big socket on this - it is much easier and less likely to damage things...

3. Belt Tensioners III: Can wear out so I recommend replacing each 100K or so - when the belt is off, spin the pulleys... if they make any sound it's time.

4. Not trying to suggest replacing everything, but if you've got a lot of miles on your car and: Since you've got the Oil Filter Housing out - you may want to replace the CCV and its 4 associated hoses (kits available many places for about $70) this is a VERY hard to reach part...

5. When replacing fan/housing on Automatic Transmission models: It's a bit hard to line up the fan to the large screw on the water pump, while also fitting the shroud in its position. You have to insert fan and shroud together - my advice is to focus on the position of the shroud first. I was able to place both parts behind the radiator and then I got under the car and guided the shroud into its retaining clips. Then getting the fan into position was easy. I used the wrench on the fan bolt but not very hard because the fan spins itself tight just by use.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:27 AM   #292
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Oil Filter Housing Leak

I highly recommend a good cleaning first with orange blast or simple green BEFORE you start the work. Less chance of nasty stuff getting into your engine and best chance of a good seal for the new gasket. Imagine if you had to do it over !!!
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:55 AM   #293
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Subscribed, I need to do this , car at dealer now for 4 wheel alignment, quoted me 416 to do oil filter housing gasket . Will DIY. love this site.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:24 AM   #294
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A lot of great information on this thread. I plan on doing this project next week. After pulling the alternator, I plan on using Gunk degreaser then Simple Green to clean up the mess and then the gasket. I hope to finish with a good cleaning of the other side after doing my VCG a couple weeks ago. Then it's on to esthetics like the windshield cowl and headlight lenses.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:25 AM   #295
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Don't mess around too much with your alternator, I tried blowing compressed air in and wiping it down... I just had it fail and take out the battery with it.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:43 AM   #296
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Good luck, guys. EDWAGON, since you have an xi, I'd recommend you read my post on this job: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...&postcount=276
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:31 PM   #297
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Good luck, guys. EDWAGON, since you have an xi, I'd recommend you read my post on this job: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...&postcount=276
Thanks!
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:23 AM   #298
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i was thinking about doing this when i was doing a maintenance overhaul. but i know how much of a ***** it is to put the alternator back in so i was like YEAH FORGET THAT.
This thread is so big, it may have been addressed and I missed it but just install the top bolt and idler pulley first. Hand tighten and the alternator swings into its lower mounts. Install lower bolt and tighten both.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:32 AM   #299
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:35 AM   #300
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This thread is so big, it may have been addressed and I missed it but just install the top bolt and idler pulley first. Hand tighten and the alternator swings into its lower mounts. Install lower bolt and tighten both.
Update! That was blind luck! Had to pull the alternator out, I noticed a small hole in the cooling duct where a belt shred had hit it and decided to patch it.
This time,it would not "fall" into place.
I took it out and did the bolt trick, screwed in the lower bolt and tapped it rearwards to shift the threaded bushing in the alternator itself.
I took a picture and may post later if needed.
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