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Changing Your Belts
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Changing your belts isn't difficult at all. You just need a little patience and about 30 minutes of spare time (if you're taking your time).
How often to change your belts
Your belts should be changed somewhere between 60-90k miles. They will look cracked when they are starting to get worn, so this is a good indication. Plus they are fairly cheap so if you're in the mile range, just go ahead and do it. Why wait for them to break while you're driving!
BMW OEM Serpentine Belt (BMW P# 11-28-1-437-475) $29
BMW OEM AC Belt (BMW P# 11-28-7-512-762) $15
T25 and T50 Torx Socket
Various sized ratchets
Remove plastic rivets
Intake ducting removed
Remove intake ducting
1. Using a screwdriver pry up on the three plastic rivets and take them out. Remove the ducting from the top of the radiator. Be careful with the rivets, because they will break.
2. Remove the neck from the air box by squeezing on the two vertical sides of the ducting.
It's a really easy job that anyone can do. Making sure your belts are in good working order ensures you won't get stranded on the side of the road when it counts. Enjoy knowing that you're car is in good running order.