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Old 09-06-2010, 06:20 PM   #81
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i did the a/c pulley and the tensioner pulley last time. today, i decided to put in the idler pulley and pulled a delmarco and broke one of the water pump pulley screws as i was torquing the fan clutch. where i can pick up some new screws and what spec are the screws?

also, the Northern Tool 32mm wrench is rather thick. wish i had bought the thin wrench that delmarco had rather than be cheap...
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:53 PM   #82
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Just wanted to let my fellow enthusiasts know I found a great quality clutch fan kit (both 32mm wrench and holder) for $34.99 on Koch Tools website. I looked on ebay and amazon, and just ran into these pups which I feel better about to purchase.

http://www.kochtools.com/index.php?p=product&id=115

2nd Day Fedex was $17.40 which is pretty dang good imo.

Total: $52.39 (tons cheaper then what I have seen online, and this set looks like it's much better quality
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:11 PM   #83
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also, if you take out the air filter and its enclosure, you can apply the clutch tool much easier
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:26 PM   #84
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I got a few more DIYs coming by the Fall.
1. Replacing the E46 plastic-army of fail: WaterPump/Themostat Housing/Fan Pulley Wheel with all aluminum/metal parts.
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Your DIY are Excellent, and PERFECT pictorial.
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:12 PM   #85
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Once again, lots of great info!!

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Old 09-30-2010, 02:14 PM   #86
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Just wanted to let my fellow enthusiasts know I found a great quality clutch fan kit (both 32mm wrench and holder) for $34.99 on Koch Tools website. I looked on ebay and amazon, and just ran into these pups which I feel better about to purchase.

http://www.kochtools.com/index.php?p=product&id=115

2nd Day Fedex was $17.40 which is pretty dang good imo.

Total: $52.39 (tons cheaper then what I have seen online, and this set looks like it's much better quality
Maybe I'm completely missing it but I don't see the holder on there anymore.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:08 PM   #87
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Maybe I'm completely missing it but I don't see the holder on there anymore.
They must have redone the product id's ...

http://www.kochtools.com/index.php?p=product&id=2
http://www.kochtools.com/index.php?p=product&id=5
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:25 AM   #88
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Will that Mercedes holder work on a BMW? The BMW one I've seen looks a lot different than that one.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:26 PM   #89
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Will that Mercedes holder work on a BMW? The BMW one I've seen looks a lot different than that one.
I am not 100% sure. I have emailed kochtools but I haven't had a response yet.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:39 AM   #90
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I am not 100% sure. I have emailed kochtools but I haven't had a response yet.
I am sorry - I am incorrect. Kochtools says they do not think this tools will work on BMW's.

I personally have this one:
http://www.bimmertools.com/Fan-Clutc...00-sl62100.htm

But I have seen the three hole style available for teh BMW somewhere. I would actually prefer the three points of contact for a better hold.

An overpriced ebay add has wrenches for both cars:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/OTC-6...item35a6ab49d5

One just for BMW:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-G...item4cf1e97d01
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:14 PM   #91
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Strange that almost noone mentions that when you de-tension the tensioner there are two holes that align on it, you can put a pin/nail/allen wrench in there and it will hold it in that position.

You can then calmly set up your belt. When it is all set de-tension a little more, remove pin and slowly let the tensioner go back to press on the belt.

It-s quite an elegant solution. It prevents you from having to push on the ratchet with one hand while trying to position the belt with the other.

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Old 10-26-2010, 02:26 PM   #92
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Great Writeup! Def need to refer to this when I get a chance to work on the car!
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:33 AM   #93
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Anyone know the torque specs?
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:44 PM   #94
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Anyone know the torque specs?
idk the specs.

not sure how relevant it is to torque 'em to spec.

I know the fan nut is self torquing once you start the car.
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:19 AM   #95
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Anyone know the torque specs?
I don't know the spec, but I don't think it needs to be very tight. After I put it all back together, I just torqued it as tight as it would go before the belts and pulleys moved. Then I remembered I had forgotten the pulley dust caps and needed to take it off again. I had to hold the fan with a wrench again and it was not easy to get off, so that is definitely tight enough.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:34 PM   #96
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How did you get the AC belt back on. My car has sat undriveable for two days now because I can't get that bugger back on. The problem is the tensioner. It uses T50 Torx and every time I crank it down the driver pops out of the hole because its not very deep. The only way I'm able to even remotely get it done is to use two hands, then I have no free hand to mount the belt.
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How did you get the AC belt back on. My car has sat undriveable for two days now because I can't get that bugger back on. The problem is the tensioner. It uses T50 Torx and every time I crank it down the driver pops out of the hole because its not very deep. The only way I'm able to even remotely get it done is to use two hands, then I have no free hand to mount the belt.
I don't remember having any problem with it, just using my one hand on the tensioner. I used a standard ratchet and was able to hold the tensioner while maneuvering the belt. Make sure you put the belt on over the handle of the ratchet first.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:40 PM   #98
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Great write up bro, about to go tackle this and the water pump and housing in my 323i, wasn't so lucky when my radiator sensor pegged out at hot on the dash bored while I was on the freeway doing 70....
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Strange that almost noone mentions that when you de-tension the tensioner there are two holes that align on it, you can put a pin/nail/allen wrench in there and it will hold it in that position.

You can then calmly set up your belt. When it is all set de-tension a little more, remove pin and slowly let the tensioner go back to press on the belt.

It-s quite an elegant solution. It prevents you from having to push on the ratchet with one hand while trying to position the belt with the other.

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