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BMW E36 3 Series 1992-1998 (318i/s/ti, 320i, 323i, 325i/s, 328i/s, M3, conv) AC Compressor Removal Picture in Bentley Manual

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AC Compressor Removal Picture in Bentley Manual
Posted: May 21, 2012 12:49 PM
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I need a little advice before I damage something.

The AC Compressor on my 1995 318Ti with M42 engine is not what is shown in the Bentley manual or RealOEM.com. I am inputting the car's VIN into RealOEM.com. I also realize the Bentley does not specifically claim it represents the Ti but is does cover M42 engined 318s. I am not trying to remove the compressor just move it down to replace the engine.

The diagram in RealOEM and pictures in the Bentley (Pages 640-12&13) appear to show a compressor with 4 hex bolts connecting it to the mounting bracket. These 4 bolts are on the top and bottom left side of the compressor.

On my Ti there are 2 hex socket bolt inline but opposing each other like they are intended to act as a pivot joint. I have removed these 2 bolts and the compressor does move a little but will not lower. At first I thought this was a not moving down because the hoses and/or electric cable was not flexible enough. I looked again and there appears to be a third on top of the compressor. I hope I can access it with damaging or removing the freon lines. These may be Items 5, 7 & 8 in the RealOEM diagram. Since Item 6 has no part number I would mean it is not used in my car.

Can anyone clarify the diagrams and/or pictues and maybe lead me to correct graphics?

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