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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 Wed, Jun-12-2019, 06:49:23 PM   #1
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Default special tool for vanos pressure?

my local independent shop has never done a vanos in house before. he kept if for months saying he was waiting on a special tool from BMW to set or check pressures for the vanos. I had never heard of this before. is he full of it? by the end of it he has told me the tool came twice and each time it was broken, now he is returning the car saying the vanos doesn't need done.

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Old Wed, Jun-12-2019, 06:52:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: special tool for vanos pressure?

What did you ask them to do with it? You don't need to read the pressure to take care of hub tabs, etc.

I would be looking elsewhere.
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Old Wed, Jun-12-2019, 07:12:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: special tool for vanos pressure?

at their suggestion I asked them to "rebuild the vanos"
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Old Wed, Jun-12-2019, 07:54:42 PM   #4
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Default Re: special tool for vanos pressure?

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at their suggestion I asked them to "rebuild the vanos"
Yup.. time to go elsewhere. Sounds like they don't have a clue.

Where are you located?
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Old Wed, Jun-12-2019, 11:14:51 PM   #5
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Default Re: special tool for vanos pressure?

I 100% agree that itís time to go elsewhere, however, if one was to check the vanos pressure you need a gauge that reads to 100 bar (1450psi) or something close to that, I forget. As already mentioned that is not required to lockdown your vanos.

Not that you need one, but Lang Racing sells a suitable gauge for $250.
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Old Thu, Jun-13-2019, 01:56:08 AM   #6
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Default Re: special tool for vanos pressure?

I sell a set up let's let's you read the vanos pressure. My setup 75 dollars. I have sold a few of them on here.
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Default Re: special tool for vanos pressure?

Check driver rear tire pressure, if it's above 0, no need to worry about rod bearings...

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All DIY: VANOS, WPC rod bearings, full SS (SS stepped V1 headers, catted S1, stock S2, SS sport), AFD E85 Proflex kit, Ohlins R&T/Hyperco 375f Swift 672r/GC street tops and camber plates, ST40 355 pfc08, 330 ZHP steering rack, diffsonline 4.1 diff with rem polish, E60 short shifter lever, AKG black diff bushings/subframe bushings, Rogue rtab, Sachs clutch/flywheel, rear main, Beyer driveshaft, valve adjustment, cooling refresh.

Happy to help with VANOS or any other DIY job around NorCal. Have various specialty tools (VANOS, RTAB, engine bar, valve adjustment, tranny jack, ball joint separator, pilot bearing puller, tap&die kit, etc).
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Default Re: special tool for vanos pressure?

I took the car back last night, no vanos rebuild done. the "tool" he is talking about is some sort of switches to activate the vanos solenoid which he says needs activated to pull it apart according to his factory bmw work instructions.
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Default Re: special tool for vanos pressure?

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I took the car back last night, no vanos rebuild done. the "tool" he is talking about is some sort of switches to activate the vanos solenoid which he says needs activated to pull it apart according to his factory bmw work instructions.


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http://www.beisansystems.com/procedu..._procedure.htm
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Default Re: special tool for vanos pressure?

Definitely do NOT need that tool.

Per what Drew posted, follow Beisan's instructions for a DIY, or find a different shop who has worked on S54 vanos.

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Discussing Ross performance s54 harmonic balancer in the E46 M3 (2001-2006) Forum - Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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