When to replace the Water Pump + Timing Belt Kit on your BMW 3 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Water Pump + Timing Belt Kit : 70000 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 View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change water pump on BMW E36 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: water pump – BMW E36. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
All-purpose cleaning spray
Sealant
Torque wrench
Drive socket # 7
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Ratchet wrench
Clip removal tool
Seal scraper
Flat screwdriver
Funnel
Fluid container
Fender cover
Replacement: water pump – BMW E36. Tip from AUTODOC:
  • Follow the terms, recommendations and requirements of the part operation provided by the manufacturer.
  • Check the coolant condition and replace it if necessary.
  • Inspect the thermostat and the thermostat housing. Replace if necessary.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW E36 – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the hood.
  2. Step 2
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    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Step 3
    Remove the fasteners of the air duct housing. Use a clip removal tool.
    Step 4
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    Remove the air distribution housing assembly.
  4. Step 5
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    Unscrew the coolant reservoir cap.
  5. Step 6
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    Prepare a container for fluids.
  6. Step 7
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    Open the coolant drain tap.
  7. Step 8
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    Drain the coolant from the engine.
    Replacement: water pump – BMW E36. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Caution! The coolant can be very hot.Wear gloves to prevent contact with hot liquid.Please note: all work on the car – BMW E36 – should be done with the engine switched off.Wait until the coolant has completely flowed out of the drain hole.
  8. Step 9
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    Close the coolant drain tap.
  9. Step 10
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    Loosen the clamps of the coolant hoses. Use a drive socket #7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  10. Step 11
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    Detach the coolant hose.
  11. Step 12
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    Loosen the coolant hose clamp. Use a drive socket #7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  12. Step 13
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    Detach the coolant hose.
  13. Step 14
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    Detach the coolant pipe bracket. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  14. Step 15
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    Unscrew the thermostat housing fasteners. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 16
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    Clean the thermostat housing fasteners. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  16. Step 17
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    Unscrew the thermostat housing fasteners. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  17. Step 18
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    Remove the thermostat housing.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: water pump – BMW E36. To avoid damaging the part when removing it, do not use excessive force.Caution! Coolant may leak out of the coolant lines and thermostat housing.
  18. Step 19
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    Unscrew the water pump pulley fastener. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  19. Step 20
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    Pull aside the V-ribbed belt tensioner pulley. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  20. Step 21
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    Remove the V-ribbed belt.
    Replacement: water pump – BMW E36. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Check the condition of the tensioner pulley and idler pulley. Replace them if necessary.
  21. Step 22
    Return the tensioner pulley to its initial position.
    Step 23
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    Remove the water pump pulley.
  22. Step 24
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    Clean the water pump mounting seat. Use a wire brush. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  23. Step 25
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    Unscrew the water pump fasteners. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  24. Step 26
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    Remove the water pump.
    Replacement: water pump – BMW E36. Tip:
    Caution! Coolant may come out from the water pump channels and body.
  25. Step 27
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    Clean the water pump mounting seat. Use a seal scraper. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  26. Step 28
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    Treat the water pump mounting seat. Use a sealant.
  27. Step 29
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    Install the new water pump.
  28. Step 30
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    Tighten the water pump fasteners. Use a drive socket #10. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 9 nm torque.
  29. Step 31
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    Install the water pump pulley.
  30. Step 32
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    Screw in the fasteners of the water pump pulley. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  31. Step 33
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    Pull aside the V-ribbed belt tensioner pulley. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  32. Step 34
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    Install the V-ribbed belt.
    Replacement: water pump – BMW E36. AUTODOC recommends:
    Make sure that the V-ribbed belt fits all pulleys snugly.
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