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Old 02-14-2015, 10:03 AM
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Belt and Tensioner questions

Alrighty fellas. My mom has been experiencing an odd low-torque squealing/rattling on her 1997 328is, 5 speed. So after some researching, I'm coming to the conclusion that the sound doesn't sound like the vanos unit, especially because if the car's idling, you don't really hear that diesely-knocking noise. it's more of a squealing/clacking. for example, our driveway is on a slight incline to the garage, and if she's sitting on the driveway, pulling in, the rpms will drop obviously, and you'll hear this noise. Also, if we're on side streets, and the car has a low torquey pull, like lets say, second gear, 1000 rpm around a corner, the noise will be heard.

Any other ideas?

I'm thinking that since it sounds too high pitched to be the vanos, it's gotta be the idler pulley/ac pulley/ tensioners etc, and am prepared to replace these pieces because I seriously doubt they've been changed with the belts before. so I'm trying to put together my shopping cart for this job, and I want some advice.

I watched the DIY by AutowerksofAmerica on youtube, but that's on an m3 s52 and I've got the m52... will the procedure be the same?


On the AC side I think I need:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...45&hg=11&fg=18

#4 and #5, plus the correct belt.

On the Drivers side I think I need:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...99&hg=11&fg=18

#6 and #15, plus the correct belt.


Anything else I should know about or think about buying? seems like a job I can do, straightforward, so long as I have the correct pieces. Plus I already know how the fan is configured, from the time I did the thermostat hahaha.

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Old 02-14-2015, 10:24 AM
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Yes, doing this job on the S52 is the same process as with your mom's M52. And yes, it's a very easy job.

The parts you listed are correct. I did this job last summer, and bought a belt tensioner refresh kit from FCP Euro using OEM parts. It includes what you listed, but also includes new hardware and some other parts. The price was quite reasonable.

One thing to be aware of is that your mom's car may have spring loaded tensioners whereas the ones you are ordering are the updated hydraulic units. That's how my car was, anyway. They use slightly different bolt holes, but your engine will have those bolt holes so the newer style parts can (and should) be used.
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Old 02-14-2015, 03:05 PM
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Yes, doing this job on the S52 is the same process as with your mom's M52. And yes, it's a very easy job.

The parts you listed are correct. I did this job last summer, and bought a belt tensioner refresh kit from FCP Euro using OEM parts. It includes what you listed, but also includes new hardware and some other parts. The price was quite reasonable.

One thing to be aware of is that your mom's car may have spring loaded tensioners whereas the ones you are ordering are the updated hydraulic units. That's how my car was, anyway. They use slightly different bolt holes, but your engine will have those bolt holes so the newer style parts can (and should) be used.

Thanks for the reply. When she came home I went out into the cold to take a peek, and as you mentioned, the car does in fact have the spring-loaded tensioner for the serpentine belt (It was too cold to jack the car up to inspect the AC tensioner or pulley.). It also appears as though there is NO IDLER PULLEY on the car (Production dated 4/97). Will this be a problem? I guess my question now is, will I have to somehow add the idler pulley?
I looked up that tensioner update kit you mentioned from FCP (https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...1287838797-1-2) and It doesn't come with the idler pulley. FCP also sells an aftermarket reproduction mechanical tensioner... maybe I should just go with that?

I plan on paring these bits with contitech belts.

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