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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 07-20-2013, 05:35 PM
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Just got my E30 and now its broken

1986 325e 130k miles

I was having trouble with the charging system discovered a loose alternator belt. My girlfriend was gong ho about helping me fix it. So she decided to torque down the nut on the adjustable tensioner bracket stud and sheered it. It feels like its almost flat to the block. I was wondering what where my options?

Remove the entire front clip and try to extract the stud?
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:36 PM
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You'll have to clear stuff out of the way to get to the sheared-off bolt. You'll probably have to drill it out.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:55 AM
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drill and tap it.

tell her not to he-man any more bolts.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:20 AM
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I have said it once, I have said it a 1000 times, "women have no feeling/s"

Now to somethin less serious: your shared bolt. Can you or your chick weld ?
Then weld a blob on it, attach Vice grips and gently turn it out
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:09 AM
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ah well...

She is pretty handy and willing to learn...
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:06 AM
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If you can't weld and you don't own a right angle drill you can rent one from most tool rental places for less then buying one.That should give you enough room to work you may need to remove the radiator and the fan to get into where you need to be .Just take your time and make sure you gather up the right tools and it will go just fine .Well some $#!^ will happen but go with it it'll work out in the end.PS I'd try and use a screw/bolt remover before I drilled it completely out and tapped it.

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:37 AM
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:29 PM
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Re: Just got my E30 and now its broken

SyCotic

If I am tracking what you are saying, the bolt that was sheered off is the one which screws through the timing belt tensioner, upper and lower timing belt cover and finally, secures the alternator tensioner bracket (yellow arrow). If this is the bolt you are referring to, you can simply unscrew the damaged part and replace it with a new one. To do this, you will have to follow the first few steps found on this link.
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...iming-Belt.htm
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:40 PM
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Re: Just got my E30 and now its broken

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Old 07-24-2013, 04:46 AM
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Heck BigBoy he might as well do his timing belt if it's even close to due for replacement ,he's 1/2 there by the time he gets the bolt out ,I/we all thought he /she snapped it off all the way in at the block.Hopefully we're wrong and your right .So SyCotic do your timing belt your motor will thank you.

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^ Good point. The rig is new to him and unless he knows beyond doubt that the belt was changed somewhat less than 50K ago, it's a very wise move. E30s go to the boneyard behind broken timing belts. And 130K is a young motor.
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