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Old 10-21-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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Finally changed my starter... what a relief

got a 97 328i and the starter was dying. Bought a non threaded starter off someone on Max.

Took about 6-7 hours since this was my first time doing it. Time includes trips to and from Princess Auto.. but I finally did it and the car works great

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Torx M12 for the Starter
Various other sockets to get the manifold and other crap out.

I also replaced the Torx bolt with a custom metric bolt and nut for easier access next time if i need to replace it again.

Overall, a good learning experience.. I'm sure I can take the starter out in half the time next time around

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Old 10-21-2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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Time includes trips to and from Princess Auto.. but I finally did it and the car works great

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People actually still shop there?
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:10 PM   #3
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People actually still shop there?
ya man you find tools pretty cheap down there
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:33 PM   #4
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I have to change mine this weekend, and tips or anything to look out for. How much should a starter cost either new or used?
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:42 PM   #5
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Just in time for the colder weather

Feels good doesn't it.

I had to fix my ebrake over the weekend, spent Sat eve and Sun. AM but it's all good now. Good thing I had an extra hub assembly/control arm to mess around with first.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:31 PM   #6
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People actually still shop there?
for sure.. cheap tools, they even have some hard to find tools as well
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:36 PM   #7
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I have to change mine this weekend, and tips or anything to look out for. How much should a starter cost either new or used?
Tips? These tips are for a v6 setup

- Detach the center portion that attaches just below the wipers to give you more access.
- Make sure you pull off the vacuum hoses from the manifold carefully
- Loosen all the bolts that are on the bracket before you detach the manifold.
- Mark all the hoses so you don't forget where they go
- don't detach the fuel line.. it's not necessary
- have that M12 Torx wrench!!

I bought a non-threaded starter on Max for 50-60 dollars.. news one i think are over 100+
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sounds good, thanks!!
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:56 PM   #9
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for sure.. cheap tools, they even have some hard to find tools as well
I know however I also returned 90% of the tools I purchased. Something about poor quality.
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I know however I also returned 90% of the tools I purchased. Something about poor quality.
fair enough.
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