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|3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.|
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Ok, to remove the idler pulley bolt, you have to turn it counter clockwise & I'm pretty sure it's either a 16mm or 17mm....I'm pretty sure it's a 16mm.....So with a 3/8 drive long handle rachet or slip a small pipe over the handle for better leverage & 16 mm socket to remove the bolt from the pulley... That extra piece you are pointing to, is the alternator bracket which one of the long bolts goes through.....
p.s. the alternator is held in with 2 bolts, the 3rd one holds the that pulley to the alternator. also go to page 020-14 in your Bentley it will show you how to remove the belt 1st, via through the tensioner pulley with an allen key....
they're all right-hand thread. and yes, they're tight. I suggest you start by using a 1/2" drive breaker bar to start with, and then undoing them the rest of the way with the usual 3/8 drive tools.
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