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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 07-11-2007, 11:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Timing belt

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I was wondering if is acceptable to replace timing belt + pulley without replacing all the other belts? Every DIY ive seen has replaced them, but honestly I dont have $40 to buy all the other belts right now. I have timing belt and pulley in hand and would like to proceed as soon as possible as my vehicle has reached its +60k mile time. Thanks!
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well in my opinion its just easier to replace them at the same time because they have to come off anyway. Did you buy the water pump along with the timing belt and pully?
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I'd say replce them, I believe you have to take them off anyway.

but for sure replace the waterpump....$50 now to save you alot of headache in the future
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when I bought new drive belts I got them from here:

BMW Parts Mercedes Parts Volvo Toyota and Nissan Auto Parts

I think I paid around $15 total for the 3 belts....that's before shipping...



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although, if you had to choose either drive belts OR water pump...I would do water pump
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i guess ill invest in the water pump right now. but with my luck one of the belts will break within a week of me finishing the job!
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Yeah man, definitely change the pump, the belts arent nearly as big of a deal to replace when they break..
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er break the timing belt and you looking at head, valves and pistons. Change the timing belt now.
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i have the timing belt and tensioner from Mazda Parts jk... from bavauto...

and i wanted to replace it ASAP but i didnt have the other belts. I was just wondering if i could *and with relative ease* replace it without having to replace all the other belts. i guess what i mean it, could i take off all the belts without cutting/breaking them, replace the timing belt with a nice fresh new one, and put the other belts back on?
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