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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Feb-19-2010, 07:27:01 PM   #1
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Default My VANOS rebuild

Last week the I got the dreaded VANOS rattle. Ordered the kit form www.beisansystems.com and began the project.

Total Cost of DIY: $100 (for lift use) $60 (for seal and o-ring) $150 (for a new shaft/gear).
Basicly a stage 1 replica of what Dr. Vanos provides. The ONLY reason I did not go with Dr.Vanos is he is east coast and I needed this done asap. Plus the learning experience with VANOS. Costs about the same amount but DIY you save time and dont have to send youre core out.

Highly reccomend www.DrVanos.com, even if I did DIY with some help.

Some things I want to disclose before the repair,

You will need to order new valve cover gaskets (grommets ect.) as well as the VANOS cover gasket.

While youre in there check the spark plugs, and coil packs. Clean/Wash valve cover of all sludge.

Here are the photos from my install, not %100 finished but I need a break.

Engine Bay, the start of the work. Take off Valve cover. (took this after the Unit was already off)




Not bad for 140,400 miles. No leaks.


Took plugs out, they looked like they were just replaced.


Removed VANOS unit, slowly wiggle the unit until it comes off.


Take apart VANOS






Clean up time






Scrubbed the valve cover




To be continued.

Chasen.

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woot woot! Beisan seals?

how's the axial play in your gearset? Any looseness at all?
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how much you pay for the rebild of the vanos?
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woot woot! Beisan seals?

how's the axial play in your gearset? Any looseness at all?
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I was crossing my fingers that I wouldn't have this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUOo9D1GHI


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how much you pay for the rebild of the vanos?
Paying $100 for use of the lift, and $20 for some beer and pizza.

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Next owner of that engine will enjoy some silent vanos
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Last week the I got the dreaded VANOS rattle. Ordered the kit form www.beisansystems.com and began the project.

Total Cost of DIY: $100 (for lift use) $60 (for seal and o-ring) $150 (for a new shaft/gear).
Basicly a stage 1 replica of what Dr. Vanos provides. The ONLY reason I did not go with Dr.Vanos is he is east coast and I needed this done asap. Plus the learning experience with VANOS. Costs about the same amount but DIY you save time and dont have to send youre core out.

Highly reccomend www.DrVanos.com, even if I did DIY with some help.

Big thanks also to EF1 Motorsports for the lift and help!!! (Fab thanks again!)



Some things I want to disclose before the repair,

You will need to order new valve cover gaskets (grommets ect.) as well as the VANOS cover gasket.

While youre in there check the spark plugs, and coil packs. Clean/Wash valve cover of all sludge.

Here are the photos from my install, not %100 finished but I need a break.

Engine Bay, the start of the work. Take off Valve cover. (took this after the Unit was already off)




Not bad for 140,400 miles. No leaks.


Took plugs out, they looked like they were just replaced.


Removed VANOS unit, slowly wiggle the unit until it comes off.


Take apart VANOS






Clean up time






Scrubbed the valve cover




To be continued.

Chasen.

You said you just "wiggled" the vanos out, how was that even possible, you didn't have to use the cams blocks and special cam(s) turning wrench?? I did the vanos rebuild (double vanos) on my e46 and it was pretty easy, no special tools, But I thought the e36 needed "Other" tools to do this job.. ohh and by the way I also did the "Besian" rebuild kit and 40,000 later.. tight as a snakes A$$!!
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You said you just "wiggled" the vanos out, how was that even possible, you didn't have to use the cams blocks and special cam(s) turning wrench?? I did the vanos rebuild (double vanos) on my e46 and it was pretty easy, no special tools, But I thought the e36 needed "Other" tools to do this job.. ohh and by the way I also did the "Besian" rebuild kit and 40,000 later.. tight as a snakes A$$!!
This isnt a DIY write up just a photo documentry. For the DIY go to the site in my OP and click procedures.

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Hey, great job on the rebuild! Looks like you did a great job! FYI: If I rememeber correct, DR V is in TX and Beisan is in NC... Oh well none the less, you saved $ and did it yourself. Would love to hear if it made the vanos quiet again! Have a great weekend.


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So you paid $210 for the new Vanos parts + the cost of the vanos gasket? Just curious...

Good job though, props for taking on the challenge...
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I was crossing my fingers that I wouldn't have this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUOo9D1GHI




Paying $100 for use of the lift, and $20 for some beer and pizza.
You do know that this play is adjustable, right? I dont remember exactly how but see the Beisan Systems DIY. It tells you. You can have that tightened up and snug in no time....!

Did you get the replacement ring as well?
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