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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 08-17-2006, 11:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am trying to take off my old catalytic converter in order to put the new one on, but I can't seem to get at the six bolts that attach the two tubes from the exhaust manifold.
It's a tight fit. Do I need a special tool (something long), or do I have to take some other part off?
I have tried getting at the bolts from under the car and from under the hood. What is the best way to unscrew these bolts?
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It takes patients and wd-40. You will use anything from a 14mm wrench to a socket to a 2 foot wobble extenstion.
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A wobble extension...that's exactly it. I didn't know the name.

And I hear PB Blaster works better than WD-40.
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It does. But it is more expensive too.
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A good six point deep well socket and about 2.5' of 1/2 extension and u-joint and an impact wrench for most of them. Jackl the front end up first and you should be able to aim up there at the nuts. There are a couple of them you have to use a stubby wrench or ratchet from the top. PB Blaster is definitely worth the extra couple bucks as it actually does something!
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