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Old 07-29-2010, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Jason5driver View Post
Did you remove the fan shroud and fan before trying to remove the tensioners and belt?
I removed the fan but not the fan shroud.

My problem with the cooling system is I don't know what parts to get. If I did know that, I would have ordered them along with the belt-drive parts. (I opened a thread to rectify that for me, and for others in a similar situation).

Since it took me more than a dozen hours to get this far (of course, I'm writing and snapping pictures and confused all the time - and watering my plants whenever the frustration level overwhelms me) ... I wonder what ELSE I should do while I can.

I see the DIYs on the ICV (cn90) and CCV (Fudman) but I'm very confused WHERE they are in my car as things are different (Cn90's E39 is an older model and Fudman's is a different engine).

My main confusion now lays with the following (probably dumb) questions:

Q1: How do you safely remove the pin from a tensioner off the car?

Q2: How do I know if I need the oil filter housing (OFH) gasket?

Q3: Where is my crankcase ventilation valve (CCV) & can I clean it now?

Q4: Where is my idle control valve (ICV) & can I clean it now?

Q5: How can I test if the power steering pump (PSP) is causing my squeal?

Q6: What ELSE should I be doing while I'm waiting for parts to arrive?

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