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Old Mon, Mar-15-2010, 02:46:05 PM   #31
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The hardest part was breaking the torx bolts loose with the wrench since I did not get much leverage from a short wrench and there was no room for a cheater bar.. Once the bolts are about half way out you can separate the starter from the bell housing with a small pry bar and it will pull the bolts against the bell housing again to give you room to finish loosening them.. The space is tight, but it can be done with a flat ratcheting torx wrench.. At first I tried to get a torx socket back there, but there was not enough room behind the bolts for that... Once I put the new starter in starting the bolts by hand was no problem. I used a e12 torx wrench from a set of blackhawk torx wrenches found on ebay.
Thanks. How many bolts hold the starter? 2? Also, where did you buy the starter from and for how much?
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There are 2 torx bolts that hold the starter. I got the starter from tischer for $237.12 with a $50 core charge refund. The part# is 12417835735...
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There are 2 torx bolts that hold the starter. I got the starter from tischer for $237.12 with a $50 core charge refund. The part# is 12417835735...

thank you for that unfortunately necessary information.
i just ordered.
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See 3/26/2010 update in first post.
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This happened to me this morning. Went out to my car, had all power, but a turn of the key made no noise. I had to have someone push me so i could do a rolling first start. Pretty embarrassing. I guess I'll Be replacing my starter.

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Default Starter/Intake DIY SMG Question

Anybody know how to go about doing this DIY with an SMG since we have that reservoir on top of the intake that holds all the fluid with a hose connected at the bottom? I started tackling this job last night and Hit this road block towards the end of the DIY? Hope someone has some input.

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here friend:

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=262263
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It's one more hose to unhook. That's it. Unplug it from the intake manifold, that's it. It is self sealing, so don't worry about losing fluid. Once it is out, you don't have to worry about working around the SMG system. It's not required to work around for the starter.

I just did my starter the other day and I have SMG. It's quick and easy. Have fun getting the hose clamps for the throttle bodies back on though. That was annoying.
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For anyone doing this with SMG just be sure to have a bottle of the hydrolic fluid on hand and be careful when pulling that hose off the bottom of the intake. I used a flex hosed funnell to capture the majority of the fluid and re-filled 50/50 with the existing fluid and the new fluid.

Also, For cleaning the throttle bodies, i used STP Throttle Body & Air intake cleaner and let it soak for a few minutes after spraying on all areas of the throttle bodies and the contaminents will come off like dust with a quick swipe of a rag. For the intake horns, I used simple green as some did above and just an FYI for anyone considering using a detail spray or anything, DON'T. This is because wax compounds are good for a slick shiny surface that would seem to ease airflow but in this case wax creates a sort of static electricity and will attract more dust to the intake horns which you don't want. Hope this makes sense and thanks again for the great DIY.

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