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Old 06-20-2011, 07:32 AM
bsholt21 bsholt21 is offline
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Mein Auto: 1997 528i, 2004 WRX Wagon
I just did this overhaul over the weekend to my wife's '97 528i. Thank you all so much for the information! Here are a few things I ran into and the alternative steps I had to take:

* The cheapest place I could find all of the parts in the correct brands and free shipping was here:
http://www.perfectimportparts.com
* I ordered this wrench (due to the low price) from Amazon for the clutch nut removal:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QO9I2W
Unfortunately, the wrench was too wide to fit without sticking. The fix...using a bench grinder, I ground off about 1-2mm off of each side of the open end. It fits perfectly now.
* I wasn't able to find a clutch holding tool for rent/loan from an auto parts vendor, so I ended up making my own. I took a very old steel square edge and drilled two holes for the bolt heads. After this, I grinded again with the wheel to create the arch between the holes for the center of the water pump shaft. This tool also came in quite handy when removing the bolts from the water pump pulley. I'll try to add a picture of the tool, if I can ever remember.
* Our 528i has a mechanical tensioner for the water pump/alt/PS pump belt, and there is a hydraulic one for the A/C belt. The hydraulic tensioner pulley did not want to break loose. At first I wondered if maybe I'd done something wrong. After reading, they just like to be stubborn. Thus, a nice long persuasion pipe on the end of my ratchet did the trick.

Just thought I'd throw out this info, in case it might help someone.

-Ben

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