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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 01-06-2015, 03:11 AM   #1
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The screws of the starter stuck and cannot be removed

I need your inputs or experiences. I finally taken off the manifold since my start is gone and I would like to replace the ccv too. I finally took off the manifold but broke some little hoses. I probably need to replace those hoses. However the screws of the starter screws stuck so tight I cannot lose them. I sprayed a lot of fluid film still no luck. Any idea?Click image for larger version

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Counter clockwise when facing the screw to lose right?
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:52 PM   #2
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Keep spraying, they'll come off. If you have an impact, that'll help.
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Old 01-06-2015, 04:54 PM   #3
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The space is so tight that impact cannot be used. Will try later.
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:20 PM   #4
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Buy a long ratcheting 10MM wrench. I used these and broke them loose without any issue.

http://www.amazon.com/ATD-Tools-9965...eting+wrenches

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Old 01-07-2015, 12:26 PM   #5
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i used a socket with about 2 feet extension from behind the tranny. its much easier and did not have to remove the manifold. did everything from underneath. you just need to have a ball joint socket to allow some play. having another person helping you hold the socket in place helps while you are under the car.
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:42 PM   #6
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:06 AM   #7
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Finally I managed to loosen the bolts with 10mm wrench and a home made break bar! Click image for larger version

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It needs lot of patience.

Thank you all for your advices.
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:32 PM   #8
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I used a 3/8" Gearwrench ratcheting wrench and a cheater. A tip for installing. I wrapped some monofilament fishing line around the bolt and fed it into the hole with my 'mechanics fingers'. Once it's started pulling on the line will help spin the bolt back in. I did it mostly because I dropped the bolt and it landed on top of the transmission where I could see it with a mirror but couldn't reach it. Got lucky and knocked it off and it fell to a spot where
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:30 PM   #9
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Replace all of the hard coolant and soft lines while you are there.

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