Another quick update – while I had the car on the lift, noticed that the belts were really old! Well, that’s easily fixed – right?
Ordered a set of Conti belts:
My cheapie clutch fan wrench broke the last time I was trying to undo fan clutch on my E46, so had to make a quick run to Home Depot for this monstrosity – it barely fit!
Came out rather easy – looked good overall and was still tight/blades in good shape:
But looks like this is a replacement part anyway, so…
A/C belt was fine overall, until I found this:
So, obviously a good thing I got it replaced. I found that the best way to put this on is from under the car! Of course, its much easier with a lift:
The serpentine belt was quite a different story, and looked like it was ready to snap at any moment!
Now this one was MUCH easier to put from the bottom! No need to jam your arms on that fan shroud!
All put back together for a quick check – looks good: