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Old 07-23-2005, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey everydody, was wondering if anyone has pulled out a starter on a e36 318is, if so how hard is it, thanks in advance!!!!
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well on the inline-6's like mine, people at garages say it is very tricky and takes about 3 hours to change, I am guessing that on a 4 cylinder it would be easier. Maybe pelican parts would have a DIY on it.

You could try going on google and typing in e36 318 starter installation or something like that.
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it's a lot harder than one might think. the general shop book time is about 1.8 hours. but that's only if you've done it before. i'd expect to be under there for at least half a day...
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ive gotta change my starter on my car soon but its a b!tch from what ive heard
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it is, I tried once but could not (I didn't have to the tools though). the starter is in the middle between the engine and tranny. is a B*** and I got the 318i

I just gave it to the tranny shop to do it when they did my clutch.
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If you have the tools it's actually quite easy IMO.

Just let the car cool for a bit then go from behind the tranny, stick your ratchet/air ratchet, whatever tool you're going to use through the side of the driveshaft and it's only two bolts. When reinstalling you have to use the other hand to hold the nut.

But FYI I have access to air tools and a drive on hoist so that makes it so much easier.

With right tools and knowledge i'd say about 1 hr to 1.5 hr job.
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like stated above on the 318 is a lot easier to do than a 6cyl, the 6 cyl is a real pain in the ass
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Newer E36 318 (1998) have a different starter (with or without threads, not sure) that is 2-3 times easier to change. Dealership charges 3-4 hours usually but only 1.5 for this one. Would be a nice idea to ask the dealership what starter you have in your car.
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