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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, Sep-14-2009, 08:39:12 PM   #41
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sakman74, let us know how everything turns out. I didn't find any chips per se but there was some slight discoloration of the filter (grayish in color) in my instance. Everything looked really good but then again I was at 8800 miles when I checked and replaced mine. Also I had no problem swapping out the o-rings as they all matched for me. I got all my stuff at Tischer.
parts arrived today instead of friday, anyway, i did the job....wish changing the oil was this easy.....

can't remember the thread but someone else mentioned that one of the o-rings depicted in the diagram (item 5 - 11311318659) http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...=11&fg=15&hl=6 .....did not go anywhere visible when the valve was removed. so i have this extra o-ring and didn't use it. there was a square looking black ring but i'm not sure if it was rubber or hard plastic, i didn't touch it. i did replace the larger o-ring (item 6).

the filter did have small speckles of metal in it, really very small grains, they were there all around the filter.

pliers worked fine to remove the old filter, i snapped the new one on by hand
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Old Mon, Sep-14-2009, 09:13:55 PM   #42
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Great video! Good job making this man!
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I too could not find where item #5 was on my pressure limiting valve (as depicted in http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...=11&fg=15&hl=6).

Has anyone figured out this mystery? The hard flat o-ring followed by the spliced nylon o-ring appears to be set of parts that comes on a new pressure limiting valve. With that being said #5 did fit snug over the end of the PLV (after the filter), but I'm not one to shove random parts into my VANOS.
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I think we are all having the same issues. The big o-ring matched up. The smaller one didn't.
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Great video! Thank you! Will change soon.
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Definitely bumping this up and going to attempt to do it... I have a mechanic around here that used to be master mechanic at BMW Gmbh over here in Germany. He says a large portion of VANOS failures are at fault from this small filter..

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Sweet, thanks a bunch for the video. I knew the job was easy, but not that easy. So I'm ordering a new filter/screen, today.
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Definitely bumping this up and going to attempt to do it... I have a mechanic around here that used to be master mechanic at BMW Gmbh over here in Germany. He says a large portion of VANOS failures are at fault from this small filter..

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Seems hard to believe that by neglecting such a simple Vanos Filter change could potentially lead to complete engine failure.

Whether it is true or not, I have no problems spending the $15.00 for a new filter and rubbers to possibly prevent Vanos failure leading to a much more expensive fix (engine).

Anyway... Thanks for the Video. Doing this tonight. Curious to see what lies in my filter.
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OMG! what is up with the bumps lately
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After how many miles should this filter be replaced?
I've heard every 30k, you should also replace the 2 o-rings as well. I just did this with my last oil change. torque specs are 20 ft/lbs if I remember correctly.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-...nos/ES1892454/

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