A pain? It's a piece of cake!This job is way over due. I heard this can be a real pain in the ass. Any good vids or write ups to look at? Do I need to replace anything else. There are no abnormal noises, but do I need to change the tensioners? Thanks.
Ummm...no, don’t do that.+1
Cut the old belt and discard, then cut the new belt, wrap it around the pulleys and tape up the ends together
This job is way over due. I heard this can be a real pain in the ass. Any good vids or write ups to look at? Do I need to replace anything else. There are no abnormal noises, but do I need to change the tensioners? Thanks.
Good call on the TWO belts. I agree with doing all the idlers/tensioner. Most older vehicles use the square 1/2” drive, some use Allen heads, both our e46 and e90 use torx bits - I can’t remember what size, T55 I think. I had a bit of trouble finding one, everyone sells them in 3/8” drive, but as I noted above you will want a longer breaker bar, typically the length will be a 1/2” drive. On that note, it would be easier with the fan/shroud removed if you needed to use a 1/2” to 3/8” reducer to put a 3/8” drive torx bit on a long 1/2” drive breaker bar. BUT you should have no issue at all leaving the fan/shroud ON if you use a 1/2” drive breaker bar with a 1/2” drive torx bit. Granted if you are bigger built you should prepare to get your arms scratched up. But other than that it’s a pretty easy first DIY. Biggest thing is to have someone help you who can hold the breaker bar while you pull/install the belt. Once the belt is on and the tension is back on it double check to make sure the belt is on all the pulleys correctly. It’s hard to see so in usually run my fingers across the belt to make sure it’s on each pulley correctly.It's easy IF you remove the fan shroud first. When replacing the belts (yes, both of them) also replace the two tension pulleys and the idler pulley. There are dozens of YouTube videos on how to do it, but there is a socket on the tension pulleys that fit a torx or allen key, some take the square end of a ratchet wrench, and you move the tension pulley to release the belt. The belt routing is illustrated all over the place, route the belt around all of the pulleys, and then slip it under the tension pulley last.
The same kit is $20 less from FCP Euro and they have a lifetime warranty.What about just getting this kit from Turner? BTW, it has been a while for me, is Turner a good place to go to? I used to order from Bavarian and miss them badly.
This kit seems to have it all.