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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-07-2011, 08:05 PM   #1
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Starter replacement Question

330XI, manual 6-spd, the starter is making a grinding noise after starting the vehicle (for an average of 2-3 seconds after starting the vehicle, the starter seem to be still engaged to the flywheel), and the noise is getting progressively louder (i dont know if it is because of the weather getting colder, or the symptom is worsening)

Does that procedure apply to the XI as well??

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...hlight=starter

is there another known and tried method to attempt the starter replacement that might be less involved as the one above?

any input from XI owners who have attempted this replacement?

would greasing do the trick (special grease, maybe Aeroshell-22 fully synthetic) or would you replace the whole thing ??
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:10 PM   #2
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Link routes to forum menu... shouldn't be much different than with a non XI
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:12 PM   #3
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Sorry, Link fixed : http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...hlight=starter
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:15 PM   #4
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Hmmm its gonna be really tight, since we have a front axle going right were he took all those upward facing engine shots from...up top its 100% identical tho, GOOD LUCK!
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:53 PM   #5
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They do indeed hang when cold. Practice releasing the key early, seems to help if you time it just right. Mine has done it every winter for three years and I've read where others in 30 and below temps experience it.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:30 AM   #6
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Some tips :

Look for a friend to help you, I do a lot of works in my car and in my son's car, but this one its better to have a second hand helping you.

Get the tools, specially the E-sockets, makes the difference !!

Good luck
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