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Old 08-15-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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Need a good mechanic in bay area

I have a few issues with my E46 at the moment that is going to require some work from a trusted mechanic. The one i'm currently going to seems to be gouging me. $450.00 to change out the tensioner and pulley assembly sounds pretty high from my research.

Any suggestions? Preferably in the peninsula.

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Old 08-15-2012, 03:20 PM   #2
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I have a few issues with my E46 at the moment that is going to require some work from a trusted mechanic. The one i'm currently going to seems to be gouging me. $450.00 to change out the tensioner and pulley assembly sounds pretty high from my research.

Any suggestions? Preferably in the peninsula.
Ask in regional forum...there's a thread for SF chat. The guys there are really nice and will refer you to a mechanic.

That's a bit high, you're right, but if they replaced the entire tensioner, then that's a pricey part. Still, way too high.

I did all three of my pulleys in about 20 mins. for $60 in parts (just pulleys).

Anyway, check regional forum for specific recommendations...and check diy section for diys...pulleys are really easy to replace. Your car will become really expensive if you don't start playing around with the nuts and bolts yourself. Just saying. Total morons here do work on their cars all the time, so I'm sure you could too!
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:25 PM   #3
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Ask in regional forum...there's a thread for SF chat. The guys there are really nice and will refer you to a mechanic.

That's a bit high, you're right, but if they replaced the entire tensioner, then that's a pricey part. Still, way too high.

I did all three of my pulleys in about 20 mins. for $60 in parts (just pulleys).

Anyway, check regional forum for specific recommendations...and check diy section for diys...pulleys are really easy to replace. Your car will become really expensive if you don't start playing around with the nuts and bolts yourself. Just saying. Total morons here do work on their cars all the time, so I'm sure you could too!
20 minutes eh? The DIY seems complex with a lot of parts unless you know of a quick and easy guide that you looked into...

Either way, thanks, ill look into the regional forums.
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The diy for the pulleys is basically, remove fan, remove pulley bolts...then install new pulleys.

Lefty loosey is about all you need to know...well, plus a few other things!

If you're really new to auto work, then little things will slow you down a bit, but once you know them, they're yours for life!
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I have a few issues with my E46 at the moment that is going to require some work from a trusted mechanic. The one i'm currently going to seems to be gouging me. $450.00 to change out the tensioner and pulley assembly sounds pretty high from my research.

Any suggestions? Preferably in the peninsula.
$450...ouch
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