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Old 08-03-2012, 07:12 AM
bayerisheteknik bayerisheteknik is offline
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""alternator bracket oil leak"""

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last week picked up 02 e65 with 120k is in pristine condition in and out...owner stated that his so called""bmw specialist"" has replaced alternator and t shaped gasket,so i took his word for it and my mistake...since it was raining that day i couldn't see any leaks and after scanning the car there were no present or pending fault codes except rear brake pads wore down to minimum...already ordered high perf drilled/slotter rotors fr and back with new pads...brought the car home and first thing in the morning i see oil leak on driver side...already knew its the alternator bracket oil leak
so instead of waxing and cleaning the flagship i started taking everything apart come to find out that guy has chipped of the water pump pulley,broken off radiator blade and few bolts missing.(will post pics and video later)...
ordered parts from dealer including newly rebuilt alternator 1130 plus tax and send my girlfriend pick up all the parts....including oil/ came home and baaam guy gave her air cooled alternator..called him back he said he made a mistake so ordered thewater cooled this time and only charged us 700
and today i am putting everything together.....
the threads on this forum helped a lot...since i only specialize in inline 6 and wasn't sure how this is going to go but its not that bad even if you don't have engine hoist or bmw special hoist....i will post pics and videos down the road...but for now all you need to do is release the driver side motor mount don't need to realease the passenger side,drop the powersteering pump but don't disconnect and put jack lift under the engine and lower/raise the engine it self depending on which bolt you are trying to remove from motor sure to put enough force so the torx socket is not going to slip after motor mount is out there is 17 or 16mm bolt holding the bracket and after that bolt is out bracket is out.....took me about 3 hrs to do it in my garage and by 3 hrs i mean just disassembly....after that washing all the parts from oil and cheking for leaks if any present but engine looks like new so thats good news....job itself is very easy and i couldn't believe dealer wanted to charge around 4k or more....gasket costs 1.40...
just take your time and its pretty forward to do even if you are not that technically inclined...
to me it doesn't make any sense why would anyone put a 2 small holes in the block that are hardly used here in states only used in gulf as oil cooling option but i guess designer didn't have anything better to do.....hopefully his kids are not working for bmw

hopefully ill get it done in couple days ill post pix and videos

saturday installing brakes...last night bought staggered 20's with new tires for 500 so i should have the flagship on the road by monday..and finally enjoy her....

good day

Last edited by bayerisheteknik; 08-04-2012 at 05:45 PM.
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