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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 03-30-2006, 07:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1990 325ic. What is the best way to get at the pivot bolt on the alternator (the one above the PS Pump). Should I remove the air box and plenum and go in over the top with a ratchet, short extension, and socket. Or, should I go in from beneath by unbolting the PS pump and setting it out of the way?

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When I replaced my alternator I took out the air box....not sure if that's the easiest way, but that's how I did it. I've actually taken the air box out a few times--it's a pretty easy task..
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I should also say that when I replaced my timing belt I had to go at it from underneith (spell check) and it was a much bigger pain to take off those plastic undercarrage/wheel well covers then it is to take out the air box. and if you don't have lift then I would FOR SURE go in from the top.
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Thanks for the help, I took the MAF and air box out, tightend the alternator pulley belt and put her back together in about 30 minutes[/SIZE].
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