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3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

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Old 05-15-2005, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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You don't need to remove the fan. Just slide the belt around it towards the radiator and snake it around.
I have a 98 328i and just used an extension bar on one tensioner and a socket with extension bar on the other one.
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