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      11-08-2013, 07:47 AM   #23
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Thanks for the quick answer. 5 minute plus some plastic removal to get to it I guess? I'll do the plugs tomorrow and the glow plug unit later the same day unless I break a plug when changing them...

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It's an absolute nightmare trying to get that unit off ftom the top as the bolts point downwards but a 5 min job to do it from underneath!
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heres the diy guide

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?p=13860087
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MUCH appreciated, have a good weekend! Hope to not be sobbing with snapped glow plugs myself

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Where the heck is the darn thing? I just had to abort after 40 minutes, paying silly money/hour for a DIY garage to get a lift. I removed some plastic underneath and tried to find something with the torch to no avail. Seems like any possible location would be quite a long reach?

I assume it's in the same side as the glow plugs (right hand side standing in front of the car). Pictures would be extremely nice.

Per previous post it's a X3 2.0d (4 cylinder M47N2 engine). I actually never looked for it while changing glow plugs from the top side.

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It's an absolute nightmare trying to get that unit off ftom the top as the bolts point downwards but a 5 min job to do it from underneath!

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      11-10-2013, 10:21 AM   #27
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Sorry mate don't have any pics but the controller is on the same side of the block as the inlet manifold down near at the sump and just behind the alternator.It has a large rectangular plug and a smaller round plug on it.
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      11-10-2013, 11:46 AM   #28
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changed mine on my 330d a few months ago, whipped the manifold off and removed the cooling pipe from the block just above the controller which gave much better access and plugged block with tissue whilst I changed the controller, if you leave the coolant cap on you loose very little coolant from the block, topping up with about litre.
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I'm thinking of doing glow plugs and swirl flaps on mine, as they're next to each other, and the cars on 170k, I know the plugs basically work or don't work, but was thinking for peace of mind? I have no issues, just maintenance really.
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I'm in need of changing mine as I have a failed activation on cylinder 2 and 3!

Lumpy starts and idle when cold!

However I think this is due to the controller which I will replace anyway!
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I wouldn't go changing the control unit unnecessarily if you've only got a cyl 2+3 issue, will no doubt just be faulty glow plugs.Buy a set and test the output voltage if controller when you have the manifold off.
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