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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 01-15-2011, 09:24 AM
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545i AC Drive Belt Replacement

Anyone know how to replace the AC drive belt on a 2005 545i? It does not have a tensioner and it is not readily apparent how to loosen and tighten the belt to replace.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:55 PM
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No one has replaced the AC belt on a 545i?
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:21 AM
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The car does not have a tensioner, you have to cut the old one off and then start the belt, attach a special tool (I made one out of a tube cutter) and then turn the motor over by hand. The belt will then slide on.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:51 AM
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Thanks, that was what I was afraid of.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:21 AM
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I have another method you can try.
Remove the serpentine belt, and loosen all the torx screws on the main pulley and remove the all except 2 or 3 on the side facing the ac., it should not be necessary to remove it completely. This should give you just (barely) enough slack to pull the new belt on. then re-install and re-tighten the screws. be sure that the index pin is lined up as you re-tighten.
Have to admit though, not sure if this is any less trouble than making tool like the one shown in the TIS as blalip94 did !
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:52 PM
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Thanks Mike!
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:37 PM
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:18 PM
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George,

Did you ever get this going? I'm in the middle of replacing mine and finding it hard to get that guy back on by myself. Did you other guys start with the belt on the a/c first or the vibration damper before turning the motor by hand? Also, I'm using a pipe cutter instead of the BMW tool (which you can't find anywhere). Where did you guys find the best place on the a/c to put it on at? I just can't get over that they would have a tensioner for one belt and not the other? Anyway, I'm hoping you guys can provide some further information. I've just installed a new water pump and thermostat as a preventative maintenance measure and this one belt is driving me nuts to get on. I appreciate any assistance.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:55 AM
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I started mine on the balancer then the a/c pulling - I'll see if i can find the pictures fron it tonight.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:09 AM
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I started mine on the balancer then the a/c pulling - I'll see if i can find the pictures fron it tonight.
Thanks. I've been trying it both ways. My problem is mainly with keeping the belt on the a/c as you would certainly know. My makeshift tools are not working. Have tried two different pipe cutters as tools and can't keep them on. I just ordered the BMW tool http://www.asttool.com/detail_page.p...ymanf&manf=BMW and it should be here tomorrow. The price is a joke (about $80.00 without shipping). Other than that, I need four hands instead of two. I would love to see any pictures you might have. Thanks again, John.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:21 AM
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Haven't done it yet. Now that you bought the tool, maybe you can rent it out to recover your investment. I would love to see the pictures too.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:07 AM
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Haven't done it yet. Now that you bought the tool, maybe you can rent it out to recover your investment. I would love to see the pictures too.
We can definitely work something out on the tool. I will probably just put it on ebay when I’m done? When I called the dealer to see if they had the tool, the guy said there were only 12 in the entire country. Anyway, I went with the other place since I needed it by tomorrow. Will be working on this project over the weekend and will report back with some pictures.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:46 AM
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Have a look at these - hope they help.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:37 AM
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Have a look at these - hope they help.
Thanks. This is very helpful. From looking at your second picture, I can already see what I'm doing wrong. I really appreciate your effort on this. I just got the magic tool this morning by the way. See attached pictures. Your homemade version of it looks just as good as the one from BMW.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:08 PM
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Okay, the tool was the key. At first, I was thinking the tool was used to keep the belt in place while you cranked the damper. This is not the case! The tool essentially pushes the belt on as you turn the engine. Once I figured this out, that belt went right on in seconds. And, I was able to do all of this without pulling the electric fan.

Thanks to you guys… my car now has a new water pump, thermostat, a/c belt, and main belt. All done as a preventative maintenance plan. Total cost: $280.00 plus the tool.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:52 AM
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AC belt

Tell me step by step how did u change Ac belt. How did you turn engine to snap on the belt. How did you remove old belt. Thank you
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:36 AM
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Tell me step by step how did u change Ac belt. How did you turn engine to snap on the belt. How did you remove old belt. Thank you
I have the tool listed above I can sell you for about $40.00 (payed about $90.00 for it). You will need it or your own homemade tool to get that belt on. No way you're getting that belt on without the tool... trust me!!!
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:26 AM
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Bro send it to me 2727 duke st apt 1403 Alexandria VA 22314. I will mail you money order
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:56 AM
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Bro send it to me 2727 duke st apt 1403 Alexandria VA 22314. I will mail you money order
Just sent you a PM.
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:26 AM
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a/c belt installation

Snap on tools has a universal belt installer for all makes of vehicles with Elastic Belts. Cost is about forty three dollars. More and more of manufacturers are going to Elastic Belts, to get customers back to the dealers, so buying a tool from snap on is a wise investment, and the cost is much less then buying one for each model car on the market.
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1. Snap-on tools are Chinese made, run of the mill stuff now, and definitely not worth the price. I go with Sear Mastercraft tools- lifetime, easy replacement, no waiting for some huckster in a truck trying to sell me more stuff, and they look great. Didn't know Snap-On went Chinese?

http://businessmodelinstitute.com/sn...usiness-model/


2. For the drive-belt tool, here's what I bought, and it's made right here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-V8-Power...41fd3e&vxp=mtr

(they took my $50 offer)

3. Here's a great F-150 forum:

http://www.f150forum.com/f34/best-flex-pics-138157/

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Old 06-01-2012, 12:39 PM
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Not BMW specific but interesting...



This tool from NAPA looks interesting...



This is the tool that NAPA is hawking as their own.. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...f=ord_cart_shr

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Old 06-01-2012, 01:13 PM
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Not BMW specific but interesting...



This tool from NAPA looks interesting...



This is the tool that NAPA is hawking as their own.. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...f=ord_cart_shr
That Napa tool looks like it would work and I like that it will also take the belt off so you can reuse. Whatever the case, you will need some type of tool to get that belt on... no doubt about it!!!!

John
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:07 PM
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I like the Escape in the first video using a wire tie to get the belt on. That's just smart. Why have the need for a speciality tool when some common sense and a 2 cent disposable wire tie can do the job assuming the pulley is make with a hole in it.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:46 PM
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I just did it without any specialtools.
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