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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 01-25-2013, 07:14 PM
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Core Exchange Alternator & Water Pump Local

I live in Burbank, CA and own a 2001 325i automatic. I recently replaced my alternator and not so recently replaced the water pump. I have the cores for both of these items. Where can I take them to get the money for the core or at least give them to a proper disposal facility. Of course I wouldn't feel right in putting them in the rubbish (garbage) and I think I can get some money out of them.













Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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William
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:44 AM
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Probably one of the auto parts store or a dealer would take them and give them to their suppliers to rebuild.
Doubt you could get money for them.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:33 PM
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What kind stores sell rebuilt alternators and water pumps?
I don't know... but who ever sell rebuilt parts, might be interested in yours as well... should just talk to them.
Probably not going to get much money but maybe some little, and mainly get rid of them and know they went to right place.

That kind alternators are sold with 80-100, second hand, got to be worth something if it can be rebuilt.

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Old 01-26-2013, 10:31 PM
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Reman alternators are the norm
Pumps we buy new.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:39 PM
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Thank you all for the insight. I will end up giving them to the proper handlers even if I do not get any money out of it. Doing my part.

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:21 PM
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Thank you all for the insight. I will end up giving them to the proper handlers even if I do not get any money out of it. Doing my part.
The way I do my part with my old parts is I autopsy them and write a thread about it so that others benefit.

DISA AUTOPSY:


POWER STEERING PUMP AUTOPSY:


EXPANSION TANK AUTOPSY:


RADIATOR AUTOPSY:


HEADLIGHT AUTOPSY:


FSU AUTOPSY:


ABS CONTROL MODULE AUTOPSY:


CATALYTIC CONVERTER AUTOPSY:



WINDOW REGULATOR AUTOPSY:
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:32 PM
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Very nice collection of pics you've created. I learned stuff from them.

And I never knew the type of pump the PS used. Now I see that the shaft probably snaps when fluid gets old and thicker and sticky. Any conclusions we can draw here kiddies?
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:57 PM
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Very nice collection of pics you've created.
Just to be clear, they weren't all mine - but the point is that, if everyone autopsied their parts before throwing them away, we'd all learn a lot more about our bimmers.

Personally, I've autopsied the cooling system, the power steering filter reservoir, the headlights, and the window regulator. The rest of the pics were from other people's autopsies.

It would be nice to see the OP's autopsy of the alternator, for example.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:46 AM
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I plan on cleaning the alternator, but I did some extensive testing and found out that the alternator is good. I still have it. At the most I'll take it apart and check the brushes and voltage regulator. I'll take pictures for you all.

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Old 10-03-2013, 07:17 AM
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I plan on cleaning the alternator, but I did some extensive testing and found out that the alternator is good. I still have it. At the most I'll take it apart and check the brushes and voltage regulator. I'll take pictures for you all.

Cheers,
William
Put it up for sale on the classifieds on E46Fanatics. Some cash poor college kid will need a cheap replacement sooner or later.
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