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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 02-20-2005, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone tell me exactly where the starter is on the 1986 325 E. If I can find it I will replace it myself. Let me know if you know where I can find it.
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It is slightly below, and towards the passenger side of the brake mastercylinder. It is mounted almost at the very top of the transmission. You will need a 16mm socket, a fairly long extension about 8" or so a 10mm 12 point socket and 10mm 12 point wrench.

It helps to remove the mass air sensor and intake boot from the front of the intake manifold. Dont forget to disconnect the power as the starter is wired directly to the battery so you will shock yourself if you dont. It is held in place by two bolts that mount through the transmission bellhousing. Getting it off is tricky, getting it back on is very tricky. I ended up taping the nuts into the socket so I could thread them throug the hoses and up into place without them falling off. I found it easiest to tighten the lower starter bolt from below. And the top starter bolt I used a 10mm 12 point wrench hanging from a string to get it into place from above between the rear of the engine, and the firewall.

Good luck. If you are in the Houston area I would be happy to help.
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that sounds kind of difficult to do. If I have never done this before would you recomend I do it? If not what kind of price range am I looking to have it done by a shop you think. Get back to me on that
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that sounds kind of difficult to do. If I have never done this before would you recomend I do it? If not what kind of price range am I looking to have it done by a shop you think. Get back to me on that
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its not that hard to do and there isn't really all that much you can screw up id say give it a shot and if you can't do it then take it to a shop, but if you don't haev any determination or Perseverance then dont do it if you do then by all means give it a shot.
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