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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 08-07-2007, 01:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, ok, everythings cool with the timing belt, but I am having major issues with getting the a/c and the P/s belts on... not sure why these ones are so hard, I got the timing and water pump/alternator belts on fine.
help is much appreciated as i'm without my car until this is done!
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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lol did you loosen the brackets? there is an adjustment to them, you are not suppose to stretch them on lol

are you doing this per the bentley? its really really easy if its done right
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Like kraut said, there are two brackets you must loosen. On the P/s pump there are two bolts you must loosen, one of them is on the backside. The AC should be relatively easy, it is pretty much self explanatory. The problem I ran into is that Pelican Parts sent me the wrong belt for the AC, so i had to get a new belt and wait more time. But everything should come together and the belts should just slip on.
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god dammit! no i have not stretched them, im not THAT dumb i dont know where my bentley is... though it should be around somewhere because i had it a few days ago. I was doing it based on that pelican book, which was pretty good up until it stopped giving me directions. Thanks for the input guys... will go look for bentley and continue about my day..
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The problem I ran into is that Pelican Parts sent me the wrong belt for the AC, so i had to get a new belt and wait more time.
i like PP, but they seem to mess up orders a lot? one time they sent charged me twice for a valve cover gasket. but they all were the correct dimensions according to the belts that had been on.
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There are 2 different lengths for the A/C belt. Both lengths fit but one is just long enough that when the compressor is swung out to make the belt tight it allows one of the A/C hoses to rub on the body. Eventually this will wear through the hose.
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ok found the bentley and all is well... need to go get coolant now. Thanks guys.
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