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    325 TDS (manual) starter motor swap

    A couple of weeks back I endured the sheer misery that is a starter motor swap on an E36, but patted myself on the back when my work was complete.

    Trouble is it's rather looking as though I might have a dud as a lot of the time when I try and start the car all I hear is the solenoid clicking.
    I can always get the car started either by popping it into gear, rocking and then trying again OR just putting into gear and effectively driving it forwards using the starter.
    I am not convinced that this issue will go away, which means I am going to have to endure more misery.

    For anyone who has done this swap (preferrably several), are there any special tool combinations or just general tips that will make the whole job quicker.
    The best thing would be if there was a way of converting the bloody thing so that the bolts went through towards the back of the car, but clearly that's not an option.

    Cheers in advance.

    Edit to say that I have already spent time removing and sanding connections at the starter and battery end, just in case.

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    325 TDS (manual) starter motor swap

    Does sound like you have a duff starter if you can hear the solenoid click. Tbh all these bmw starters are a shit job. I now undo the rear gearbox mount, support the box and tilt the whole gearbox and engine combi down. Remove your viscous fan if you go the same way as it catches on the cowling.
    I then undo the starter bolts with 3 long extension bars together. They end up about a meter long.

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    Cheers Steve.
    I was kinda hoping there might be some special tool (or combination) even if a bit of a homebrew, which might make this job a little more painless.
    I like the sound of your method, and I'm guessing you've done more than one or two of these damned things.
    Yeah I did find it somewhat surreal using the various extensions, universal joint etc to undo a bolt I could only just about see.

    Worst bit is I'll have to temporarily re-fit my slightly less fooked one while I wait for a replacement *groan*

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    Quote Originally Posted by E36 TDS View Post
    Cheers Steve.
    I was kinda hoping there might be some special tool (or combination) even if a bit of a homebrew, which might make this job a little more painless.
    I like the sound of your method, and I'm guessing you've done more than one or two of these damned things.
    Yeah I did find it somewhat surreal using the various extensions, universal joint etc to undo a bolt I could only just about see.

    Worst bit is I'll have to temporarily re-fit my slightly less fooked one while I wait for a replacement *groan*
    Yeah, Ive done a few now. Always a groan when I have to do one though.....
    Its a pain you have to fit the other one for now, means you have done the job 3 times by the time its done....

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    325 TDS (manual) starter motor swap

    Ouch I've done loads of starter motors over the years on differant cars but have never known the amount of work and struggle that I had to do on a e36. 316 compact last year no wonder people scrap them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Yeah, Ive done a few now. Always a groan when I have to do one though.....
    Its a pain you have to fit the other one for now, means you have done the job 3 times by the time its done....
    How much do you charge to do a E46 starter Steve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stal1878 View Post
    How much do you charge to do a E46 starter Steve?
    Book time is 1 hour on a 320d, so about 50 + vat Ben

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