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Old 04-20-2012, 12:38 AM   #121
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Sorry I forgot about pics.

Trying to remove the tranny bell housing cover thing, and I cant extract the 2 bolts that snapped. I have a new cover and new bolts, not sure if I should try to drill it out. Those bolts are really tough and I cant drill a guide for the extractor.


And I dont have an inverted/external torx socket for the 4 bolts.

Problem after problem lol.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:39 AM   #122
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any normal socket should fit those tranny bolts.


problem after problem? welcome to e30. lol
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:17 PM   #123
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Haha not talking about the tranny bolts, Im talking on the transmission bell housing, after the four 13mm bolts there are 4 E10 torx bolts holding it on. I went and bought a socket set for that. Dropped the subframe a bit then the pan bolts. Now Im working on the pump, still dont know how Im gonna get the pump bolts back in or anything, my fingers wont fit.


Jason, help me out. You said drop the subframe and bend tabs? What tabs? If I do it your way do I have to lift the engine still?
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:50 PM   #124
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Not drop the subframe, you drop the steering rack. It's bolted to the subframe via two tabs. Remove the bolts, bend the tabs and lower the rack around them and lower it. That will give you enough room to wiggle the pan off and on.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:33 PM   #125
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Oh yeah, I remembered that, but those 2 bolts are being stubborn and not budging. After everything that has happened I dont want those 2 snapping either :\

And I think I need a new oil level sensor. I ripped mine out thinking I dont need it since the new pan has one, but turns out the new pan is from a 325e so the connector is different. -.-
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:20 AM   #126
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LOL, never break shit if you don't have to. Keep us posted, but Jay is correct, you can remove the steering rack and you'll be able to get the pan off.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:22 AM   #127
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well I dropped the subframe with the steering rack, is that not enough? Shoot.

I dont want to snap the steering rack bolts :S

We tried heating them up and everything.

Cant wiggle the pan out fuuuuudge
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:55 AM   #128
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you cant get to the pump unless you take off the pan.

when i blew up my oil pan, i lowered the subframe to get it off...mind you my m50 oil pan is much bigger than the M20 oil pan, and i still got it off wiggling it. The transmission doesnt need to be moved.

are we on the same page here? [serious]what are you doing?[/serious]
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:39 AM   #129
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What Im doing is removing the tranny bell housing - done.

Removing oil pan bolts - done.

Removing bolts for pump - done.

Removed sensors and stuff - done.

Now its just wiggling the pan out, not really working. I lowered the subframe with steering rack down cause my steering rack wont come off itself.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:24 PM   #130
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I think its the clearance from the subframe to the rack that you need, but I can't say for sure without being under the car. My advice is to keep "fiddling". You'll get it!
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:26 PM   #131
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where is the pan not coming off from? i still want to see take pics!
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:52 PM   #132
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Yeah I'll figure it out guys, just thought I'd keep everyone updated.

I went to Kenny just now and pulled the oil level sensor. $2 woot lol

And I got the hood hinge off the bronzit because mine right now keeps getting worse and worse, doesn't allow the hood to open past 50 degrees. The new one seems to pivot a lot more.
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The thing to need to get farther apart is the engine from the steering rack. Cuz it hits that, so either move the steering rack or raise the engine a tiny bit.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:14 PM   #134
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Got it out by raising the engine, I did not realize how easy this step would be. Now I know for next time!

Pan is off, the oil pan gasket arrives tomorrow morning which is what is delaying me right now.

Next all I need to do is create a skid plate and Im set.

Oh btw, installed the 3 spoke steering wheel that maxbell kindly gave me. Appreciate it man!
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Got it out by raising the engine, I did not realize how easy this step would be. Now I know for next time!

Pan is off, the oil pan gasket arrives tomorrow morning which is what is delaying me right now.

Next all I need to do is create a skid plate and Im set.

Oh btw, installed the 3 spoke steering wheel that maxbell kindly gave me. Appreciate it man!
Just buy a skid plate lol. Seems like you are having enough problems.
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