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 Saloon (E36) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 325 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) M3 3.2 View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change serpentine belt on BMW E36 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW E36. Tools you might need:
Torque wrench
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Ratchet wrench
Fender cover
Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW E36. Tip from AUTODOC:
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW E36. Recommended sequence of steps:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the hood.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 320 i 1991 Poly V-Belt - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Step 3
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    Lift the car using a jack or place it over an inspection pit.
  4. Step 4
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    Pull aside the AC compressor belt tensioner pulley. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  5. Step 5
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    Remove the AC compressor belt.
  6. 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.
  7. Step 8
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    Remove the V-ribbed belt.
    Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW E36. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Check the condition of the tensioner pulley and idler pulley. Replace them if necessary.
  8. Step 9
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    Install the V-ribbed belt.
    Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW E36. AUTODOC recommends:
    Make sure that the V-ribbed belt fits all pulleys snugly.
  9. Step 10
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    Return the tensioner pulley to its initial position. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  10. Step 11
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    Pull aside the AC compressor belt tensioner pulley. Use a drive socket #13.
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