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Old 02-02-2005, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know how to install a new starter on a '95 318i?
How hard is it? I just had my first night in automotive repair which is one night a week for 4.5 hours long (usually have a lesson before we go work in the shop though).
I do not know how to locate the starter and am not even sure what it looks like to be exact.
How hard is it to do? Can anyone tell me basically what to do?

If it will be too much, I guess I can always have my mechanic do it...but I can't even afford him to do it right now, it will be at least 2 weeks until I can afford for him to do it. Poor Boy : (
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also, i am not even sure if it is the starter...but pretty sure.
how can i tell for sure?
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That's a pretty accurate representation of a starter motor.
It's located on the side of the transmission. Look for the transmission bulge on the bellhousing, and you'll find the starter on the back of that. (looking toward the front of the car). It's held in by 2-3 bolts (usually) and has a 12 volt connection on the back of that.

As for whether yours is going out, what are the symptoms you're experiencing?

edit: here's a good page on starter diagnostics: Starter
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sometimes when i go to start the car, you hear it flipping over, but then you hear a banging sound. it doesnt start. sometimes it happens up to 3 tiems in a row. then it will work. it doesnt always do this, but it happens all too much. usually AT LEAST 1-2 times a day.
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sometimes when i go to start the car, you hear it flipping over, but then you hear a banging sound. it doesnt start. sometimes it happens up to 3 tiems in a row. then it will work. it doesnt always do this, but it happens all too much. usually AT LEAST 1-2 times a day.
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If you get a chance, see if it's shaken one of the mounting bolts. Or have your mechanic look at it.
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As you progress through the class.. I say get a Bentley manual.. it will be your best friend... it is very helpful in your case.. and many others to come...

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where can i buy one and how much?
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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/083...1211723-6938205

is this the "bentley manual"?
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changing the starter is not fun.....

check out bentlypublishers.com
theres a guy named charlie there who hooks it up with all the specs and diagrams from the book in about 15-20 minutes and will answer all your questions about the really crazy hard stuff.
i stumbled onto it one day.....not a bad site for buying the books either.

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id say if you don't have much experience with repairs that it would be very hard for you to do it yourself. i watched when i got my new starter and it looked pretty hard, had to drop the tranny and everything.
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