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Old 01-07-2013, 10:17 AM
Stephen Max Stephen Max is offline
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Originally Posted by bimmerfan52 View Post
Yeah putting the AC belt on without the tool got the better of me. I bought a cheaper tool to install stretch belts but it wasn't the same design and there wasn't room for it to fit past the bracket that supports AC lines. I needed the car quickly so I threw in the towel and brought it to my mechanic. 5 minutes later (no charge) I was in business.
This is a bit off topic, but the N62 engine in the 745i has a belt tensioner for the AC belt. The 545i engine has the mounting provisions for the tensioner. I'm wondering why BMW decided to leave it off and if one could be retrofitted.

OP - are you sure you routed the new belt correctly?
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