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7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008)
Discussion of BMW's 4th generation E65/E66 7 Series flagship. The E65 generated much controversy, due to its radical styling and iDrive user difficulties. Nonetheless, the E65 broke records to become the best-selling 7-series iteration ever, especially after its 2005 facelift.

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Old 01-02-2014, 07:10 PM
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Alternator gasket

I am stuck, I took out the two bolts for the alternator and it will not come out. Am I missing something???
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:26 PM
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A locking/holding nut type of thing?




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Old 01-02-2014, 07:45 PM
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Tried to put bolts back in to try that and they are not going in


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Old 01-02-2014, 08:21 PM
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Okay, I just put the bolts back in I had to use a mirror and a flathead screwdriver, then I was able to align the holes. I have been tapping on the bolt with a rubber hammer and it does not seem to help.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:17 PM
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Alternator wont come out
This is what I was using as my guide
http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarti...W_7-Series.htm

Just stuck and can't get the alternator or the power steering pump off.

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Old 01-03-2014, 01:12 AM
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Then use big srewdriver or prybar and take it out from holder(block)-to the side
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Two bolt on front and one in back
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:11 AM
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Thank you so much I'm going to tackle this right now. I did not take off the deflecting pulley, I think thats where I got stuck.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:45 AM
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Ok got the alternator out. I was a little scared to break something. I used a big screwdriver to move it, then it just slid out. I thought there was a bolt holding it in since it was kind of tight in there. Thank you again for the advice.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:58 AM
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Should I use electronic cleaner spray to clean alternator??? I am going to use the "gunk" degreaser on the motor.


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Old 01-03-2014, 10:21 AM
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Re: Alternator gasket

Do yourself a favor. While the alternator is out, put the long bolt it the bottom bolt hole, tighten several threads, and then tap with a hammer till you see the nut move a little. When this bolt is tightened, it pinches the alternator to the bracket, thus making it hard to remove the alternator. If you don't do this, putting it back on will be just as much of a pain
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Thank you white94rx for the tip.



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Old 01-03-2014, 10:47 AM
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Is this the "Allen" bolt that holds the power steering pump on the back???

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Old 01-03-2014, 11:59 AM
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I made my own tool with a 6mm socket and I cut on Allen to take off the Allen bolt on back of power steering. Now the power steering came off.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:02 PM
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:07 PM
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Now it looks like I have to take this thing off it looks like it has a bolt holding the metal tubes on to it and two Allen bolts
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Took out Allen bolts with regular "L" shaped Allen. The bolt is in a tough place to reach.I used a 4x4 mirror to see what I was doing.


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Old 01-03-2014, 07:03 PM
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Re: Alternator gasket

That's the oil cooler thermostat. Its the whole entire reason for the oil holes in the side of the block.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:48 PM
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Am I supposed to take off the oil cooler thermostat??? The bolt in the center is very tough to take off I can put a 13 mm socket on it, but I cannot get the ratchet to fit on the socket because the motor mount is in the way.


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Re: Alternator gasket

I don't think you're going to be able to remove the alternator bracket without removing the oil cooler lines. You're gonna have to figure out how to get the 13 mm bolt out of the lines. Hence the reason us professionals have an assortment of ratchets, extensions, and universals. To fit every possible scenario of parts being in the way.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:30 PM
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I have a small ratchet, I think I just need a 13mm socket that is small enough to attach to it.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:39 PM
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The Engine mount need to go out!!!!!
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You have to remove top nut/bolt from engine mount, raise the engine, lower axle support, remove engine mount+arm, disconnect oil line, then remove alternator bracket-some bolt from front+some from side
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:04 PM
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I raised the car up from the lower axle support, then I set it on jack stands. I seen the bolts for the motor mounts, thank you very much. My wife has me going shopping with her. Later on today I'm going to jump on the car again


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