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Old 01-24-2005, 05:45 PM   #16
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Well....got the starter out today. It was a warm 40* so I figured today was a good day. I went a different route. I took off the intake. Wasn't too bad....take off the little piece of cowl that the harnesses attach to, remove the fuel rail/injectors, one heater hose, a couple of brackets and BINGO. Easy to get to the bolts, slip stuff out of the way and the starter popped right out. Total time of about 1 hour- 1.5 hours. Just got to get the repalcement and pop it in there. For the people not worried about engine work, this seems to be the way to go to me
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:10 AM   #17
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I'm halfway through doing mine. I took the intake manifold out, that was a royal pain. then took the old starter out with a swiveling ratchet on the torx end (it is sold at CT as a spark plug tool, the head of the ratchet swivels 180 degrees) and a breaker bar on the nut end. I then bolted the new, self threaded starter using the swiveling ratchet and lots of anti-seize compound. The hardest part was to install the lower manifold back in, as the wires and connectors to the sensors and alternator are rather short, only reach their place with the lower manifold in place (which leaves almost no space under the manifold to reach the connectors and wires). I mnaged to re-connect the starter, alternator and some of the sensors, but stopped after trying to re-connect the knock sensors and camshaft sensors. I will finish the job another day, after I figure out how to fish out and hook up the knock sensor connectors. It really takes small hands to get under the manifold.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:13 AM   #18
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you do realize this is an eight year old post?? lol
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1 90 325is white - keepin
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:24 AM   #19
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you do realize this is an eight year old post?? lol
The hard to replace starter problem is even older, as long as the post is alive, I might get responses from people that are actually willing to help
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:44 AM   #20
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ah yeah....lol
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2 IX's -sold and parts
2 325i 4 dr - sold
4 318is all white - sold and parts
1 87 325is red - parts
1 89 325i vert grey - parts
1 90 325is white - keepin
1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

latest addition as of 2013-Gold 87-325is auto! it's a keeper!
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