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X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:52 PM
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Mein Auto: 2005 X3, 2004 911 Cabrio
Busy Maintenance Day

Had a busy maintenance day - Front rotors, valve cover gasket and oil filter box gasket.
Except for coaching my sons U12 soccer game - took pretty much all day.
Most work I have every done on it, purchased new (European Delivery) in Feb 05.
Hardest part - alternator - pain to take off and put back on.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:30 AM
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Mein Auto: 2004 X3 2.5i
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Hardest part - alternator - pain to take off and put back on.
Iv'e heard that - although the two bolts are fairly accessible after removing belt tensioner and/or deflection pulley, it may need a hammer or pry bar to get out.

And on reinstall, getting bolt holes to line up can be difficult?

Were you able to check the condition of your oil separator hoses when down there, or it would have needed more disassembly (intake) to see or feel?
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:15 PM
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The bolts were easy to get out, the alternator didn't want to come out - crow bar didn't seem to work, it was more just moving it around with my hands that released it. putting some grease on the bolt points helped putting it back in - before the grease I didn't seem to make any progress.
Oil hoses looked fine - actually everything looked pretty good.
I was surprised how well the electrical connections came off and on - expected them to be a bit harder.
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