Originally Posted by gldfshkpr
Yes please! I think I can locate the upper from the bottom by feel. I can just barely get a finger on it. When I come at it from the top, I can't seem to find it. How did you do it?
I managed to remove the old starter by only removing one end of a coolant line from the firewall. I tried approaching it is several ways but this is what worked.
I ground down the side of a 16mm ring wrench to fit on the nut from above the car and used a number 12 torx socket with the extensions shown to remove the bolt from under the car. It took some patience but is very do-able. It would be nice to have a lift but I did it in my driveway with both driver's side tires up on blocks.
I placed a lit maglight near the bolt head so that I could see the general location from below the car. To get the socket in place took me getting in and out from under the car several times. It would have been much easier with a buddy.
In the pictures the black extensions are wobble extensions.
If you look hard at the pictures taken from above you can just see my socket on the bolt head.
When placing the wrench on the bolt you can use a light and look through in under the manifold an through the wires while inserting the wrench over the back of the engine.
My car is a '94 5-speed 318i
Not sure if I'm allowed to do this or not but Ican't find my pictures again.