When to replace the Poly V-Belt on your BMW 3 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Serpentine belt : 30000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Coupe (E36) 320 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E36) 325 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E36) 328 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E36) 323 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E36) M3 3.2 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

Tools
Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW 3 Coupe (E36). Tools you might need:
Torque wrench
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Ratchet wrench
Fender cover
Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW 3 Coupe (E36). Tip from AUTODOC:
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW 3 Coupe (E36). Recommended sequence of steps:
  1. Step 1
    Open the hood.
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
    Lift the car using a jack or place it over an inspection pit.
    Step 4
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    Pull aside the AC compressor belt tensioner pulley. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  2. Step 5
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    Remove the AC compressor belt.
  3. Step 6
    Return the tensioner pulley to its initial position.
    Step 7
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    Pull aside the V-ribbed belt tensioner pulley. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  4. Step 8
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    Remove the V-ribbed belt.
    Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW 3 Coupe (E36). AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Check the condition of the tensioner pulley and idler pulley. Replace them if necessary.
  5. Step 9
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    Install the V-ribbed belt.
    Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW 3 Coupe (E36). AUTODOC recommends:
    Make sure that the V-ribbed belt fits all pulleys snugly.
  6. Step 10
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    Return the tensioner pulley to its initial position. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  7. Step 11
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    Pull aside the AC compressor belt tensioner pulley. Use a drive socket #13.
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