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I have checked BMW schedule time for repair which is 2.25 hrs. This details
R+ R COMPRESSOR
DRAIN/REFILL AIR CONDITIONING
R + R FRONT ASSEMBLY PROTECTION
R + R DRIVE PULLEY ALTERNATOR .
Hope this helps.
I would be checking the belt for condition and tension but I suspect that with the smell that the belt will need replacing. The only thing to cause the belt problem would be a failed (seized ) steering pump so when you have the belt off see if you turn the pump pulley by hand . As the belt will drive the alternator (battery light) also It points to the belt and the only real load is the pump when you turn the wheel
Look up your car on RealOEM.com. It shows the belt shape when installed.
Good that you asked. I understand that it is physically possible to get it to fit with the alternator spinning backwards.
I presume that you just replaced belts and pulleys. A 2003 would be about due.
Be glad you don't have a 330 rather than a 325. The 330 is just enough tighter space to make the job about four times as difficult. (I have both).
You are talking about the serpentine belt that drives the alternator, or the one that drives the air conditioner compressor, correct?
This can be caused by a missing bushing or a loose bolt on the alternator or compressor or power steering pump. It is more likely a failing tensioner or tensioner pulley bearing. On this car, BMW sells the tensioner assemblies complete with pulleys. They don't sell just the pulleys, which are the part that usually fails first.
Unless you have unusually high miles, this car is a little 'young' for a tensioner or pulley to be worn out. Has anyone worked on the car who may have left something loose or missing?
if it was me and did not have any problems with the one i have now i would keep the one i have this is what i do before i change cars i get on www.autozone.com and checkout the price different to see if the new car is going to cost me more in parts like a alternator and i wish you the best Michigan Man.