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How do I replace belts on a 4 cyl 93 bmw 318is. My biggest problem is finding out how to release the tension.

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Most later model cars have a belt tensioner. Look for a wheel or pully that the belt rides over. You will see a place to put a ratchet or breaker bar. Pull back on the tensioner and it will allow you to slip the belt out for replacement.

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Drain the cooling system.
  2. Remove the distributor cap and rotor. Remove the rotor adapter, the dust shield and the distributor housing.
  3. Remove the fan. The fan must be held stationary with tool 11 5 030 or some sort of flat blade cut to fit over the hub and drilled to fit over 2 of the studs on the front of the pulley. Remove the fan coupling nut; left hand thread-turn clockwise to remove.
  4. Remove the belt and pulley.
  5. Remove the rubber guard and distributor and or upper timing belt cover.
  6. Compress the timing tensioner spring and clamp pin with the proper tool.

Observe the installed position of the tensioner spring pin on the water pump housing for reinstallation purposes.
  1. Remove the water hoses, remove the 3 water pump bolts and remove the pump.

To install:
  1. Clean the gasket surfaces and use a new gasket.
  2. Install the water pump in position. Note the position of the tensioner spring pin. Torque M8 bolts to 16-17 ft. lbs. (20-24 Nm) and M6 bolts to 6-7 ft. lbs. (8-10 Nm). Connect the hoses.
  3. Release the tensioner from the holding pin. Install the upper timing cover. Install the pulley and tighten the bolts to 6-7 ft. lbs. (8-10 Nm). Install the belt and tighten.
  4. Install the fan, distributor housing and dust shield. Tighten the rotor adapter to 39-47 ft. lbs. (55-65 Nm). Install the rotor, O-ring and cap.
  5. Add coolant and bleed

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All belts are easy to work out how to put back on, never needed a diagram in my life, 1. Did you take the belt off? 2. If so and you don't remember how to put it back your and idiot for not drawing a diagram for yourself first. 3. Just go to workshop and get them to put it on. Every person that pops up a bonnet thinks they are mechanic. These are the people don't have clue what they are doing brake and destroys things then come and disturb me while i'm working to ask me how to fix it. These **** are on drugs why the **** would I tell them how to do it something when doing that is my bread and butter. Didn't go to trade school for 4 years to tell other **** how to do it. & THIS TRADE IS THE HARDEST TRADE NEVER STOP LEARNING NO MECHANIC KNOWS EVERYTHING AND WAY UNDERPAID.

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