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Old 08-16-2010, 05:58 PM
ElRosbo ElRosbo is offline
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Mein Auto: 2002 325i
Other Tools to Make This Job Easier

I strongly recommend anyone replacing the FSU on an E46 buy the following:

Craftsman Specialty Tool Set 4717

That set contains a magnet on an telescoping handle that is perfect for removing the 4 Torx screws so they don't drop into a black hole, never to return. The kit also includes a Phillips/Torx screw starter that made reinstalling the Torx screws a breeze. I also used the bent end of the scriber to help me release the clips on the FSU wire harness plug (although maybe I could have released the plug easier after sliding the FSU out).

If you don't already have Torx screwdrivers, Craftsman has an inexpensive set for about $10 but I recommend that you instead buy their better quality drivers.

The handle gives a much better grip and the shank is much longer, which also was a help on this job. You can buy the set of 5 drivers for about $35 or just the T20 for about $7.
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