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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 Tue, Jun-12-2018, 07:08:24 PM   #11
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Is this one of this videos that you have watched? It shows some careful rubber mallet tapping action as others have mentioned.
BMW S54 VANOS DIY - E46 M3, Z4 - YouTube
Yes I have watched it, and it seems very easy to remove it on the video, But in real life, it is not easy task. I am going to try the method later and see how it goes.
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Yes I have watched it, and it seems very easy to remove it on the video, But in real life, it is not easy task. I am going to try the method later and see how it goes.
All those video editing tricks...probably took him quite a bit longer than 5 seconds to hammer it off. Real life is more fun, always takes 10x the time.

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All those video editing tricks...probably took him quite a bit longer than 5 seconds to hammer it off. Real life is more fun, always takes 10x the time.

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Yes, the valve cover has been left open for more than a week.
Also trying to find the right 24mm open wrench to fit on the camshaft hex, still no luck, running around hardware stores, deliveries from Amazon, more 'fun'.
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Old Tue, Jun-12-2018, 08:49:05 PM   #14
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Yes, the valve cover has been left open for more than a week.
Also trying to find the right 24mm open wrench to fit on the camshaft hex, still no luck, running around hardware stores, deliveries from Amazon, more 'fun'.
Yep, all part of 10x time .

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Old Wed, Jun-13-2018, 05:35:17 AM   #15
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wont make any difference.

The reason its tight is because of the two dowels that are tightly fitted on the two upper corner bolt holes.

Trust me, rubber mallet and use the vibrations to make a little separation and then work in the putty knives
Rubber mallet method is working great!!

Finally the VANOS is off.

Thanks for the help.
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Yes, the valve cover has been left open for more than a week.
Also trying to find the right 24mm open wrench to fit on the camshaft hex, still no luck, running around hardware stores, deliveries from Amazon, more 'fun'.
Do you have a Lowe's nearby? The 24mm Kobalt one they sell fits.
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Do you have a Lowe's nearby? The 24mm Kobalt one they sell fits.
I know it's Canadian Website, but is this the one?

https://www.lowes.ca/combination-wre..._g1187018.html
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