When to replace the Clutch Kit on your BMW 3 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Clutch kit : 100000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

This video shows the replacement procedure of a similar car part on another vehicle

All the parts you need to replace – Clutch Kit for 3 Saloon (E46) and other BMW models
How to change Clutch kit on BMW E46 320 d – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Clutch kit
How to change Mounting Kit, jaw coupling on BMW E46 320 d – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Mounting Kit, jaw coupling
Tools
Replacement: clutch kit – BMW 3 (E46). Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
All-purpose cleaning spray
Multipurpose grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #13
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Torx bit E11
Torx bit E12
Torx bit E14
HEX bit No.H6
HEX bit No.H14
Ratchet wrench
Phillips Screwdriver
Clutch tool kit
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Fender cover
Replacement: clutch kit – BMW 3 (E46). AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • Replace the entire clutch kit assembly: the pressure plate, clutch disc, and release bearing.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW 3 (E46) – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    Open the bonnet.
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
    Open the boot lid.
    Step 4
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    Remove the battery cover.
  2. Step 5
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    Unscrew the negative battery terminal fastener. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  3. Step 6
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    Disconnect the earth cable terminal from the battery.
  4. Step 7
    Lift the car using a jack or place it over an inspection pit.
    Step 8
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    Unscrew the engine splash guard fasteners. Use a Phillips screwdriver.
  5. Step 9
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    Remove the engine splash guard.
  6. Step 10
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    Prop up the subframe reinforcement bracket. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  7. Step 11
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    Unscrew the subframe reinforcement bracket fasteners. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 12
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    Remove the subframe bracket.
    Replacement: clutch kit – BMW 3 (E46). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Make marks on the front propshaft coupling to indicate its position.
  9. Step 13
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    Unscrew the propshaft coupling fasteners. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  10. Step 14
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    Unscrew the clutch slave cylinder fasteners. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 15
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    Remove the clutch slave cylinder.
  12. Step 16
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    Disconnect the transmission sensor connector.
  13. Step 17
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    Prop up the gearbox support. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  14. Step 18
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    Unscrew the fasteners that connect the gearbox support to the car body. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 19
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    Unsnap the locking pin on the shift lever support arm. Use a crowbar.
  16. Step 20
    Remove the cotter pin.
    Step 21
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    Disconnect the shift lever support arm.
  17. Step 22
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    Remove the selector rod retaining clip.
  18. Step 23
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    Detach the selector rod.
  19. Step 24
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    Clean the exhaust system fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  20. Step 25
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    Unscrew the exhaust system fasteners. Use a combination spanner #13. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  21. Step 26
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    Remove the exhaust system fastener.
  22. Step 27
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    Unscrew the exhaust system bracket fasteners from the car body. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  23. Step 28
    Remove the exhaust system bracket.
    Step 29
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    Use a metal hook to hang the exhaust line to the suspension components or to the car body.
  24. Step 30
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the exhaust heat shield. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  25. Step 31
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    Remove the exhaust heat shield.
  26. Step 32
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the propeller shaft centre support bearing. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  27. Step 33
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    Disconnect the propshaft centre bearing from the car body.
  28. Step 34
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    Move the propeller shaft aside.
    Replacement: clutch kit – BMW 3 (E46). Tip from AUTODOC:
    Secure the propeller shaft to the car body to prevent injuries.
  29. Step 35
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    Remove the propshaft coupling.
  30. Step 36
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    Unscrew the lower fasteners that connect the gearbox to the engine. Use Torx E11. Use a ratchet wrench.
  31. Step 37
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    Remove the fastening bolts.
  32. Step 38
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    Unscrew the engine starter fasteners. Use Torx E12. Use a ratchet wrench.
  33. Step 39
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    Move the starter away from the gearbox.
  34. Step 40
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    Unscrew the fasteners that connect the gearbox to the engine block. Use Torx E14. Use a ratchet wrench.
  35. Step 41
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    Remove the fastening bolts.
  36. Step 42
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    Disconnect the gearbox from the engine. Use a crowbar.
  37. Step 43
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    Remove the gearbox. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  38. Step 44
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    Install the engine flywheel locking tool. Use a clutch tool kit.
  39. Step 45
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    Unscrew the pressure plate fasteners. Use HEX No.H6. Use a ratchet wrench.
  40. Step 46
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    Remove the fastening bolts.
  41. Step 47
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    Remove the pressure plate together with the clutch disc. Use a crowbar.
  42. Step 48
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    Clean the clutch kit mounting seats. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  43. Step 49
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    Install the new pressure plate together with the clutch disc.
  44. Step 50
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    Align the clutch disc. Use a clutch tool kit.
    Replacement: clutch kit – BMW 3 (E46). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Be careful not to damage the part.
  45. Step 51
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    Install the fastening bolts.
  46. Step 52
    Screw in the pressure plate fasteners. Use HEX No.H6. Use a ratchet wrench.
    Step 53
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    Tighten the pressure plate fasteners. Use HEX No.H6. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 25 Nm torque.
  47. Step 54
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    Unscrew the locking plate of the pressure plate. Use HEX No.H14. Use a ratchet wrench.
    Replacement: clutch kit – BMW 3 (E46). Tip:
    When unscrewing it, the clutch diaphragm spring may click.
  48. Step 55
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    Remove the flywheel locking tool.
  49. Step 56
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    Remove the release bearing.
  50. Step 57
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    Remove the clutch release fork lever.
  51. Step 58
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    Clean the clutch release bearing mounting seat. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  52. Step 59
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    Treat the release bearing mounting seat. Use a multipurpose grease.
  53. Step 60
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    Install the clutch release fork lever.
  54. Step 61
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    Install the new release bearing.
  55. Step 62
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    Install the gearbox. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
    Replacement: clutch kit – BMW 3 (E46). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Take care to prevent the gearbox from being unsupported (hanging).
  56. Step 63
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    Install the fastening bolts.
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