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Old 10-27-2008, 04:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi to all!! First time user looking for help. Was hoping you could help me out with a jam I'm in. Looks like one of the Heater hoses (1 or 3) is leaking. 1997 328i. Is this something that I can repair myself or should I have a mechanic do it. I'm familiar enough with the car to do minor repairs like T-stat, radiator, water pump. But the heater hoses are difficult to reach and I don't have a hoiste. Any suggestions on whether this is a do it yourself project.

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if you know someone with small hands it makes it a lot easier, I have huge hands and had a very tough time, took me a couple hours but i was able to do it without removing the intake manifold. make sure you have some long extensions and remove the traction control throttle body if you have it and other intake elbow bits so you can access the heater valve easier, other than its not so convenient location you should be fine with changing the hoses, you don't need to pull the engine to do this, I changed the whole heater valve by removing what i listed above, good luck
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