So I overpaid for my new fan belts (got from dealer instead of online) because I figured I would replce them this weekend. I have quit trying for this week. I have visited the FAQ and DIY, and read the DIYs on bimmerdiy.com. I want to know if anyone out there with a 328i has changed their fan belts without taking out the fan. I couldn't take the fan out, even after spending way too much on a 32mm wrench that I will never get to use again. I didn't have the tools to get good leverage to take it out. I figured I'd try to work around the fan. I have read that it is possible. Well, my big problem was that I couldn't take the plastic cover off the tensioner
. How in the world should I do that? I didn't have enough room to wedge anything in there, and I am not sure of where to wedge it in, anyway.
... after writing all the above text, I have seen a few pics on my Bentley manual that should help me with the tensioner cover (I hope). I just need to know that I will be able to change the belts without removing the fan.