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Ok Thaman, What i had to do was remove the fan from the pump assembly to remove the radiator,it gives a bit moreroom to work if you remove the pipes and hoses at the front,top of the engine,air box,loosen the pulley belt,not remove,(if you do remove,draw a diagram of how the belt came off),you can get to the tensioner from the passenger side of the car,move the belt away from the pump and them undo the pump bolts.I had to give the pump a bit of a tap with the rubber handle of a hammer,in case the pump is ok.
the impeller on the pump will be plastic if it is the original,bmw changed this to metal,then composite,original had design faults.
I was lucky with mine as when i removed it from the block the impeller fell into 4 or 5 bits which could have been floating around in my engine.
Its not really that big a job,just compared to say ford/vauxhall,which i can change in about an hour. hope it helps thaman.
By the way,if you are a bit strapped for cash,the pump itself will be ok,just the impeller will be trashed,i'n sure you can buy a replacement impeller,make a bit of money back reconing the pump.
My little cherub
Last edited by Cas; 07-31-2009 at 03:03 AM.