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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 09-24-2012, 04:04 PM
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Question Boot replacement???

Hi everyone, I had just tried to remove my ICV and rip my lower boot. The screw were upside down, so it was difficult to remove. But everything is out now.
My question is, should I replace the upper boot and lower boot? Upper boot looks fine. Do I have to also change the clamps? One last question, When I look up the part, I get to choose what kind of car I have, and I get confused on the sport wagon or regular. I have a 2001 325i E46. And it has Sport suspension and prem. package. But my car is not a wagon.

My car has over 110k mile on it.

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Old 09-24-2012, 05:41 PM
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If it were my car, and if the boots have been in use for several years, I would replace both of them at the same time. Otherwise, you'll have a brand new lower boot and an old upper boot that's hardened in the heat and is likely to tear like its lower counterpart just did.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:19 PM
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Thanks will do, any advise metal clamps? What about the sport part?
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:57 AM
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Don't worry about the sport part. That's about suspension. As long as you can enter the correct year and model designation (325i) you'll be fine.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:26 AM
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Unless you chewed up the screws on those adjustable clamps (I know I did a bit because I had the same problem with them being upside down) then you should be just fine reusing them. If it's really bugging you not to replace them then go pick some up at a hardware store or something. They'd probably be a couple bucks each.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:38 AM
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Thanks will do, any advise metal clamps?
The hose clamps usually can be reused as long as they haven't been overtorqued or suffered other damage. I like to have spares on hand just in case.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:14 AM
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The hose clamps usually can be reused as long as they haven't been overtorqued or suffered other damage. I like to have spares on hand just in case.
Good advice. Naturally, you also want to install them so you have easier access to the clamp heads in the future.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:27 PM
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Thanks everyone for the info. I plan to order all tubes today, hopefully this will help me pass smog. I plan to change the MAF and the tubes, but i check out the ICV, and that still look good, it was make the clicking sound still. just dirty, plan to clean it.
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