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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:25 AM
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Can belts be noisy ?

Hey guys.! I have a loud engine, it's a 4 cylinder so it should be calm and quiet. I'm not sure hats causing my engine bay to be so noisy, it sounds like maybe my belts are loud.? They are old and need replaced anyway but could this be anything else ? Loose pulley ? Or something needs lubricated ? Not sure ! Would appreciate your input. ! Btw it sounds like it's coming from the front of my engine around the belts. Thanks !
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Could you post a vid? There is a lot going on in there.
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Could you post a vid? There is a lot going on in there.
^this would be a huge help.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:09 AM
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Yes, belts can be noisy. If you have a cheap (Harber Freight) mechanics stethoscope you can check bearings on pulleys (Cautiously) and different points of the engine to localize the noise. i.e. if you had a bad lifter, you would hear the difference between them.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:08 AM
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So what is a lifter exactly ? And sorry about, the video guys ill try to get it in today!
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:44 AM
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The lifter is an assembly that positions between pushrods and camshaft absorbing the mechanical abuse of opening and closing the valves. Most now days are hydraulic and over time (or due to poor oil maintenance) can begin ti fail to "remain pumped-up". If you maintain oil and filter changes it is not usually a concern.
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I usually change my oil ever 3-4k miles so I can't imagine that being it ! What's the difficulty level of replacing belts yourself ? I've never done it but I do all my own work so I have the aptitude to do it ! Anything special I new like a loan a tool from auto zone or anything ?
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Replacing the belts is easy. The only special tool you will need is the fan clutch removal tool. For instructions refer to the video below and this manual.

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Yeah, replacing belts on these cars is extremely easy. No special tools needed, except for the 32mm wrench (you can buy 32mm fan removal tool kits on eBay for pretty cheap, or buy locally). I've even done it without removing the fan, thus making the huge 32mm wrench for fan removal unnecessary. It wasn't that hard to do, but it's definitely considerably easier with the fan removed.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:57 PM
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Oh wow that looks incredibly easy according to that video ! Anything I should pay the toon to through your guys' own personal experience.? Like anything extra I should Inspect, or do while I'm replacing them ?
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While you have the belt off it is a good idea to check the pulleys. Just spin them with your hand and make sure that they do not sound like the video below. If one of the pulleys does sound like the video, replace all the pulleys.

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Great! How much do pulleys usually cost ?
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:17 PM
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Or any special tensioner/ pulley I should buy ?
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The pulleys do not cost too much. Some like $15 each for the top two and $30 for the A/C one. There is no special aftermarket pulley you need to buy. Just make sure you get the right one for your car. BMW made a few different types. But before you go replacing all the pulleys listen to them. If they all sound good then do not replace any of the pulleys.
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Thank you South Park ! Your the best man !
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