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Old 06-29-2021, 11:06 AM
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Don't need a puller it's only held by the 8 bolts. It will fall off by gravity.

The Jesus bolt is in the way of going straight across but you might figure out a forked solution to go around both sides. I think the factory bar bolts to four bolts and has approx 5/8" bar that comes out and levers against the top of oil pan the "Leno chin" of the motor.
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Don't need a puller it's only held by the 8 bolts. It will fall off by gravity.

The Jesus bolt is in the way of going straight across but you might figure out a forked solution to go around both sides. I think the factory bar bolts to four bolts and has approx 5/8" bar that comes out and levers against the top of oil pan the "Leno chin" of the motor.
I believe all that advice may be great for a V8, but it was a little bit completely different from that on my 3.0i.

No puller needed, no extra bolts. If you look at the great pics in the e46 thread, I can believe that is exactly what mine was like:

https://www.e46fanatics.com/threads/...l-seal.912460/

So there is one bolt to remove = the crank pulley bolt. Once that is out, the pulley slides off and everything else can come off.

Also, BTW, the crank pulley is actually a harmonic balancer since the pulley is not solid. It is made from inner and outer steel parts sandwiching a thin rubber compliance layer. You can see that layer in the e46 pics. Mine was fine, but it is not unheard of for that rubber to have disintegrated / delaminated to allow the two steel parts to separate. If you find that, you'll need a new pulley. It should feel completely solid, and you would not even notice that rubber layer if not looking for it.
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That's very true about V8 vs. 6. That said I don't know how to hold back the crank to remove the Jesus Bolt on M54
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Jesus bolt is out!

Borrowed a very nice, super short stubby impact from a buddy (STILL had to remove the radiator), upgraded my air line, and used a 22mm harmonic balancer socket. Apparently these weighted sockets are some secret not many people know about although I am sure you guys do ; ) Supposed to multiply torque like no else. Andrewwynn and Oldskewel, any idea on physics there? My buddy is a full time tech at Land Rover/Jag in Charlotte and former e46 fanboi and said 'just buy the socket and trust me'.

Turns out he was right. I tried both sockets (non weighted and weighted) with my 1/4" ID compressor hose. No dice. I had some new 3/8 hose and put ends on it and the weighted socket took it off in about 3 seconds. Came out so fast that it pinned my hand against the condenser. I think it was the combo of the weighted socket and the 3/8 line but hard to say definitively. Could have just been the air volume. But it's off!

The mass difference in these sockets is extraordinary. I weighed them. 289 grams for the HF impact socket. 835 grams for the Lisle 77110

And yes, my compressor is the cheapo red porter cable pancake model I got at home depot about 14 years ago! Worked great in 10 second bursts. Surprisingly well, actually. Would love suggestions on a nice QUIET 10 or 20 gallon. I hate using this thing it's so incredibly loud.


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Torque test channel did a head to head with weighted sockets and the really big sockets with the ring around them added like 30% to the torque numbers.

The sockets are often marketed specifically for Jesus bolt applications. Good you brought it up though, also the hose size when using air and high output batteries when using battery Impact.

Been there done that getting squished from the back of a screw gun when removing screws and bolts!
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Been there done that getting squished from the back of a screw gun when removing screws and bolts!
LOL! I seriously sat there for about 30 seconds going "WTF am I going to do?" and gathering my wits before i realized... "Dummy, just put it in reverse".

The first time I tried reverse, I actually just knocked it down from 2 to 1. Hit the trigger and the noose got tighter! That got extremely uncomfortable. No blood though. I cut my finger worse later with an adjustable wrench when I was adding more teflon to that new air hose
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Jesus bolt is out!

And yes, my compressor is the cheapo red porter cable pancake model I got at home depot about 14 years ago! Worked great in 10 second bursts. Surprisingly well, actually. Would love suggestions on a nice QUIET 10 or 20 gallon. I hate using this thing it's so incredibly loud.
To add volume and reduce noise just add a tank.

Put the compressor outside run a hose to the tank (3gal prob plenty big enough) and run your tools from the pig tank.

I made this setup for a friend so he could use his giant compressor in his garage in his house without losing pressure from the 100' hose but the concept works great to eliminate pressure drop from a small compressor and coincidentally let's you move the compressor away from you for sound isolation.

Add a valve where you connect the hose into the pig tank or the whole tank vents when you unplug (lesson learned the hard way) and add a regulator on the exit port.

That way you can set the compressor a little higher to compensate for loss on the hose.

We did similar when running high volume air tools such as palm sander to connect two 5 gal compressors in parallel. Works great.

Added bonus; you can use the pig tank alone to do minor jobs. Do some tests you might be able to change a wheel or at least break all the lugs free to do a roadside wheel change.
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LOL! I seriously sat there for about 30 seconds going "WTF am I going to do?" and gathering my wits before i realized... "Dummy, just put it in reverse".

The first time I tried reverse, I actually just knocked it down from 2 to 1. Hit the trigger and the noose got tighter! That got extremely uncomfortable. No blood though. I cut my finger worse later with an adjustable wrench when I was adding more teflon to that new air hose

I've also done similar forgetting to flip the direction and pulling the trigger just to squash my hand more; as typically done in the old days before Impact screw guns you had to push the drill into the screw from the back with your other hand
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FINALLY got my parts. FINALLY. FCP Euro partly to blame but I have figured out that my local FedEx distro center has a serious management problem.

So last night I put the new chain guides on start installing my timing cover. I hand tightened all 18 (or whatever) bolts with my fingers and a 10mm socket extension. And I left them finger tight for an hour just like permatex suggests.

I start torquing everything to 10NM (89 in lbs). I work my way all the way around and leave the top center bolt for last. and guess what? it's stripped. no possible way I overtorqued it. no way. it was 98% of the way in without just fingers and socket. I think the gasket might have edged it cross-threaded or something. No idea. SO pissed. I was SO freaking careful because this timing cover just looks fragile as hell. (and apparently the engine block too)

anyway, I guess I have to fix that hole. Would you guys just go for an Autozone M6 heli-coil repair kit? any other ideas? do I bother with it given the host of bolts around the water pump?

the problem here is that this potentially adds another WEEK delay if I can't re-use those timing cover gaskets. aren't they one time use? they have a little raised bevel that crushes when you torque them. anybody re-used these successfully?





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I'd probably Helicoil that one rather than buy a Timesert kit for one low torque bolt.
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