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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 01-06-2009, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to know the best way to remove the torx head bolts connecting the engine to transmission bellhousing. The front of the car is on jackstands and everything is disconnected and the engine is ready to come out. My Haynes manual said to take the rear crossmember from the transmission loose and drop it down slightly. Then, with a long extension and swivel at the socket that i could get to the bolts. I did as instructed and it still seems impossible to get to the top two bolts because of the way the firewall is in the way. Anyone that has done this and has maybe a trick of the trade or just general good advice on my predicament your help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks.
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Undo the propshaft pull the engine forward the box will obviously follow as its still bolted, then you can get to all the bolts no problem, make sure you have a large block under the box or cradle to stop it from falling.
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Thanks. It seems so obvious i feel pretty stupid. I guess i was so caught up on the way the damn book was telling me to do it that i just didn't think of that. Thanks a lot.
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