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Old 01-13-2006, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my car from the shop today.She had two replaced belts and two idlers replaced, my fan clutch was replaced, two muti rib belts (? what is that), another idler, tensioner pully, and tail light bulb replaced. It runs a lot smoother now but I was adviced of some more issues that I don't have the cash to fix right now.

My clutch is on the way out so its time to grandma that, i need new rear and front pads and sensors, my valve cover gasket is leaking (not a major thing), my struts and mounts on the front are worn, i need 2 p/s hose clamps and 2 rear lift pads.

Just wanted to hear yalls opinion on my next course of action. I am a college student and kinda struggling with funds... What of the above could I tackle with knowledgable mechanically ability and the order to replace, etc. Anything you guys can help me out with would be much appreciated.

Also, could my rear lift pads be causing a lot of noise over bumps and what not?
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Everything but the clutch, if you're mechanically minded, shouldn't be too difficult. With the clutch, you have to lift and support the car, Remove or maybe just loosen the exhaust and let it drop, remove the driveline, remove the tranny, etc.
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Old 01-13-2006, 02:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ˆˆWhat he said!

Valve cover gasket replacement right up:
http://home.earthlink.net/~frankie66...alvecover.html

Download the Bentley PDF available from the link posted on the top of the e36 forum. It'll help you. I've seen the amount of work it takes to change the clutch... get it done by a pro. Try to find an independent mechanic who knows bimmers to do it. Will be a lot less expensive than dealership. Looking at about $600-800 parts and labour (canadian dollars eh!)
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i just replaced all that ish on mine. Everything was a pretty easy DIY except, the bottom bolt on the tensioner was hard to get a wrench on it and once you do there is a few cenitmeters to actually turn the wrench (alternator gets in the way).. unfortunatley the front struts are a job to pay for, along with the clutch.. the p/s hoses i heard are kind of awkward to get at as well.. sucks that you already paid for the easiest DIY job on that list
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