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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Tue, May-15-2007, 05:25:11 PM   #1
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Default Starter motor removal

Anyone has experience and/or DIY with removing starter motor from e46 M3 SMG? Mine is dead, but I can't reach the bolts to take it off...

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Default E46 M3 starter removal.

1. Raise vehicle -- front & rear.
2. Disconnect battery.
3. Remove air housing.
4. Remove air-box, airmass sensor, dipstick-tube & intake housing.
starter is now exposed.
5. Remove wiring from stater.
6. Now go under vehicle. Remove exhaust system - complete [ from manifold to
rear box. Don't foget to remove oxygen sensors wiring plugs]
7. Remove bolts for gear-box cross member. gearbox is now lowered at rear.
8. Remove bolts for stater on bell-housing.
9. Stater is now loose.
10. Remove stater from engine bay side.


NB. Make sure locating pin on gear-box bell-housing is alighned with stater & tighten bolts evenly , when assembling.
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awesome - thanks for your help, man!
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Shalend, another quick question: once the gearbox is lowered at the rear, do I need to support it with something? Or do I just let it "hang" like that?
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Let it hang , it's fine
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man, removing exhaust system is a pain... all the bolts are rusted
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I didn't think you needed to remove the exhaust?
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You run the risk of breaking exhaust flanges , if you don't remove the exhaust.
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the starter is finally out of the car - thanks again for you help, Shalend! I wouldn't have been able to figure it out otherwise. I took the starter apart, and one of the brush wire melted in half; the solenoid is also dead. I will post pics some time later.
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1. Raise vehicle -- front & rear.
2. Disconnect battery.
3. Remove air housing.
4. Remove air-box, airmass sensor, dipstick-tube & intake housing.
starter is now exposed.
5. Remove wiring from stater.
6. Now go under vehicle. Remove exhaust system - complete [ from manifold to
rear box. Don't foget to remove oxygen sensors wiring plugs]
7. Remove bolts for gear-box cross member. gearbox is now lowered at rear.
8. Remove bolts for stater on bell-housing.
9. Stater is now loose.
10. Remove stater from engine bay side.


NB. Make sure locating pin on gear-box bell-housing is alighned with stater & tighten bolts evenly , when assembling.
holy mother of %&#! i would just install a hand crank. that is freaking involve for just a starter
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