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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Dec-04-2017, 04:11:31 PM   #1
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Default FYI - looks like a good fix for broken VANOS harness

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Default Re: FYI - looks like a good fix for broken VANOS harness

Thanks, this might come in handy right away. I noticed my connector is sort of screwed up when I pulled out the coil pack. Probably the accident the car was in could have had something to do with it!
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Default Re: FYI - looks like a good fix for broken VANOS harness

Those connectors get stuck on because of oil and grease. Itís a beotch getting it off without some pliers.

I just zip tie the wire to the connector on the solenoid. Provides strain relief and makes having a connector less necessary.


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Looks like the OE BMW one is less than half the price...?

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...138383300~oem/
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I constantly break these. Good find!
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Looks like the OE BMW one is less than half the price...?

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...138383300~oem/
My thoughts exactly ... ?
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Looks like the OE BMW one is less than half the price...?

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...138383300~oem/
And then you pay almost $20 for pins and seals if you go that route
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...h/61130005199/

Granted, you could buy the OE connector and use pins and seals from Ballenger .. but that's part of knowing there's another option out there
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And then you pay almost $20 for pins and seals if you go that route
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...h/61130005199/

Granted, you could buy the OE connector and use pins and seals from Ballenger .. but that's part of knowing there's another option out there
I assumed you were just concerned about the connector itself (since it's normally the side clips that fail), and would transfer the pins from the original. Replacing them all is more invasive that's I'd choose to be if not necessary!
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I assumed you were just concerned about the connector itself (since it's normally the side clips that fail), and would transfer the pins from the original. Replacing them all is more invasive that's I'd choose to be if not necessary!
Pins fail and corrode over time - If my connector ever failed, I would just crimp on new pins and seals rather than de-pinning and re-using the 15 year old originals.. but that's just me :shrug:

To each their own - I was just letting folks know there's another source for them.
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Those connectors get stuck on because of oil and grease. Itís a beotch getting it off without some pliers.



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Personal tip - use a screwdriver to twist and put force against the front face of the connector and what it's connected to while you push the latch down. More of the force goes in the axis it needs to so you're a *little* less likely to break the housing.
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