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#1 (permalink) Old 04-09-2004, 01:24 PM
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I'm pulling the head on my '88 325i, and I'm trying to get the intake manifold off. I have all the bolts off and everything detatched fuel-wise; except for this one thing. It's directly in the middle of the manifold, on the bottom, and it looks like its connected to the block. But like, where its connected, it looks like a spring? Man, its really bothering me because I can't get the head off without removing this thing. Or maybe I can get around it somehow. Its metal, too. Not a rubber hose like I thought it would be. Does anybody know what I'm talking about? Have any idea how to deal with it?

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get a really big hammer j/k... i dont remember seeing that when i pulled the head on a 87 325... weird.

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What you are looking at is the oil return tube. To remove the intake ask for someone's help. Have the person pull the tube downward, towrds the spring, as far as possible, while you pull the intake off. It might take a little finessing to get the intake out of the center stud, as it is longer the all of the others., but it's not that hard at all. Hope I could help.
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I had the same problem. I would go with what nevesching wrote or you could get mad at like me and start yanking on it and pulling back as hard as you can. That is how I did it. ( I have a short temper)

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