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How to get a tight belt on 1988 BMW 325 engine?

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments

I’m trying to get the belts back on my car’s engine. They are really tight. I’ve loosened the tenstioners all the way but I still cannot get them on. The clearance is too tight. Is there something I can do to get the belts on easier? Is there a way I can loosen the belts? Is there a tool I should be using? My car is a 1988 BMW 325i with the M20B25 engine.

- You should be using a tire iron or crow bar and it takes two people if oyu are not an expert. one person “prys” the tensioner to loosen it more (which it should do) than release it and the belt gets tight and you tighten it even more when you tighten the tensioner.
- Sounds like you might have the wrong belts man. Did you get them at a parts store or dealer? You’ll pay more at a dealer but usually u will avoid any wrong part errors. Aftermarket parts can be tricky sometimes, they are not always “perfect’ like dealer parts.
- Make 100% hure the belt is the correct one cause it should go on if the tenision pulley is moved like u say I’d get a book from auto zone or advanced auto parts they run anywhere from 15.00 to 20.00 bucks or see if you can find a chiltions manual it made my life alot easier I have had a 1994 325is since 1997 good luck! oh yea make shure the belt is routed correctly frustration can make you overlook very simple mistakes.

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