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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 Sat, Aug-23-2008, 09:35:14 AM   #1
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Default $30 insurance for your VANOS unit.


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I was thinking since I've replaced all my big ticket items on the high failure rate list... I decided to do a little preventative maintenance to my VANOS unit w/ my recent Inspection 1.

Since VANOS unit are very sensitive to shavings/debris since inside there are a couple solenoids and seals that move at a very high rate of speed to induce oil pressure to advance/retard the cams... any sort debris would cause damage to those seals and/or score a solenoid causing premature failure.


SOOOO....

I took off the "#2 - Solenoid Valve unit" since I noticed the "#7 - Sealing Plate" was seeping a little bit of oil.

I also ordered all the O-rings on the "#3 Pressure Limiting Valve".. I also went ahead and ordered the "#4 - Filter Cartridge" for the Valve. I figure.. its a filter it should also be replaced or at least cleaned out every so often.

When I removed the Pressure Valve... just as I thought, I found quite a bit of metal shavings and debris in the filter, probably from the break-in and debris just built up over time.

Cleaned everything up, put it all back in... it didn't make the car run any better (nothing I can feel).... but I do sleep better at night.

I would recommend anyone/everyone to get theirs replaced and or do it your self, if you think you can tackle the job.. its pretty simple and extra insurance for about $30.

I didn't have my camera with me to take pics of the nasty filter on the limiting valve.. hopefully someone who does theirs in the near future can snap a photo of their filter.






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Old Sat, Aug-23-2008, 02:27:59 PM   #3
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nice...how long does this take to complete? any special tools?
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Old Sat, Aug-23-2008, 07:32:06 PM   #4
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nice...how long does this take to complete? any special tools?
....and more detail what needs to be removed.
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Old Sat, Aug-23-2008, 07:36:36 PM   #5
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Agreed. Please post a more thorough DIY. This could potentialy save a lot of people a lot of money.
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Old Sat, Aug-23-2008, 09:19:32 PM   #6
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Thank god your local lol
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+1 - hard to follow just by reading - kudos though for doing that and for the heads up.
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NO special tools needed.

If you feel that your "Sealing Plate" is ok and is not seeping, and you want to JUST change the O-rings/filter cartride on the Pressure valve... All you need is a 22mm wrench.

Remove the Pressure valve (22mm), remove and replace O-rings, remove and replace filter cartridge.
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lol..

I'll add it to your "To Do" list.
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could u post a DIY or something next time?

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