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Old 09-30-2006, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Accessing the drive belts

A 2003 320i Auto. Using the Bentley manual, I attempted to change the 2 drive belts, thinking it would be a non-complicated procedure. But never got to the belts. Just couldn't get access to the belts and tensioners, crammed behind the fan. I loosened the fan shroud, but I read that I would have to remove the fan to remove the shroud. I stopped here, as this was rapidly shifting from non-complicated to complicated - for a do-it-yourselfer like me. Any advice on the process ?
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It is of great help to remove the airbox to gain access to the tensioner. Also, the tensioners are not behind the fan. YOu may be looking in the worng place. Furthermore, I know for a fact that the Bentley manual points out the WRONG bolt. The tensioner is the one shown in this attached picture with a dust cover on it. You release tension by turning counterclockwise.
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The fans not hard to get off 32mm open ended spanner and a big hammer one good crack normally does it be aware left hand tread
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