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rodsfromday 12-27-2012 01:43 AM

Vanos seals replacement
 
Posted in main forum as well.
It's been long overdue so, following the Beisan guide, started earlier. When I removed valve cover this is what I found.

http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/w...227_081249.jpg

http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/w...227_081236.jpg

http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/w...227_081309.jpg

It's a lot of old grease and crap. Is that normal? What's the best way to clean it all up.
Thanx.
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Brissyjohn 12-27-2012 02:02 AM

Not normal.:eek:

IMO, you're going to have to button the whole thing back up again, drain the oil and run some clean oil and an engine flush through and drain again. You'd need to do this until you get all that sludge out.

rodsfromday 12-27-2012 02:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Brissyjohn (Post 15009836)
Not normal.:eek:

IMO, you're going to have to button the whole thing back up again, drain the oil and run some clean oil and an engine flush through and drain again. You'd need to do this until you get all that sludge out.

Yeah I have my work cut out for me tomorrow. Will need to get some engine flush and cheapo oil. Would I be able to use a degreaser on it? I would imagine it would flush out as well?


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HBizzo88 12-27-2012 02:50 AM

Fill it with cheap oil and about half a can of sea foam. Drive 50 miles or so, then drain it while its still warm.

I swear by that stuff. Works great IMO.

Brissyjohn 12-27-2012 04:05 AM

I would not use degreaser.

rodsfromday 12-27-2012 04:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HBizzo88 (Post 15009897)
Fill it with cheap oil and about half a can of sea foam. Drive 50 miles or so, then drain it while its still warm.

I swear by that stuff. Works great IMO.

Thanx





Quote:

Originally Posted by Brissyjohn (Post 15009965)
I would not use degreaser.

no worries, thanx


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HBizzo88 12-27-2012 04:13 AM

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Originally Posted by rodsfromday (Post 15009968)
Thanx






no worries, thanx


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Welcome, let me know how it goes!

rodsfromday 12-28-2012 02:24 AM

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Originally Posted by HBizzo88 (Post 15009973)
Welcome, let me know how it goes!

Will do!!

Jall 12-28-2012 02:29 AM

I don't know about seafoam, Auto RX is probably a more suitable product.
Don't know about the availability in Australia, I think Sprintman used to be/have a connection to the distributor.

You've got me scared to take mine apart to do the seals now.... :/

rodsfromday 12-28-2012 02:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Jall (Post 15012455)
I don't know about seafoam, Auto RX is probably a more suitable product.
Don't know about the availability in Australia, I think Sprintman used to be/have a connection to the distributor.

You've got me scared to take mine apart to do the seals now.... :/

I will try the diesel route first and then take it from their.

If it needs to be done then it must be done!! I might even tackle the OFH gasket....

Ballistic325 12-30-2012 02:14 PM

Concur with the above - engine flush + cheap oil until it starts looking clean again. I haven't used seafoam or Auto RX so I can't comment.

As for the VANOS, I'm tackling this early next year, time permitting. I would say that you should leave the OFHG for another time. Focus on getting this DIY right first without adding to potential complications.

If you were any closer I'd come in and give you a hand (more so to get a first hand sticky beak for myself! :) )

Good luck and keep us posted :thumbup:

rodsfromday 12-30-2012 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Ballistic325 (Post 15018208)
Concur with the above - engine flush + cheap oil until it starts looking clean again. I haven't used seafoam or Auto RX so I can't comment.

As for the VANOS, I'm tackling this early next year, time permitting. I would say that you should leave the OFHG for another time. Focus on getting this DIY right first without adding to potential complications.

If you were any closer I'd come in and give you a hand (more so to get a first hand sticky beak for myself! :) )

Good luck and keep us posted :thumbup:

Yeah i am just waiting on my lower intake boot and oil filter from Lucas, then i will see how my vanos DIY went. It rather quite simple. I thought it was gonna be a killer.
Yip i am canning the OFHG change for now. That sludgy engine just broke my steam a bit.
I will do a flush with the current oil in, then change to the cheapie oil and then do another flush.
Thanx.

Brissyjohn 12-31-2012 04:19 AM

Glad you got it done. Man, I've never seen that much sludge in an engine...ever. :eeps:

rodsfromday 12-31-2012 07:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brissyjohn (Post 15020036)
Glad you got it done. Man, I've never seen that much sludge in an engine...ever. :eeps:

Yes I will never allow that too happen again.

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trive2 12-31-2012 09:51 PM

What oil were you using and at what intervals?

rodsfromday 12-31-2012 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by trive2 (Post 15021660)
What oil were you using and at what intervals?

I've owned the car for just over 2 yrs now. This is my second service as i service every 5000 km. I have been using this oil.
http://i729.photobucket.com/albums/w...psca19f42e.jpg
From what i discovered, maintenance by the previous owners was just shite!!

Brissyjohn 01-01-2013 03:58 AM

Try this https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...lyOw8YZY8XG6el

or this http://media.supercheapauto.com.au/sca/images/14911.jpg

Both meet BMW LL-01 :thumbsup:

trive2 01-01-2013 04:12 AM

Castrol Edge Titanium 0W-40 and Mobil 1 0W-40 are considered to be the best oils by general consensus.

sprintman 01-02-2013 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by trive2 (Post 15022060)
Castrol Edge Titanium 0W-40 and Mobil 1 0W-40 are considered to be the best oils by general consensus.

Decent oils but maybe not the best. At least they meet spec.

Ballistic325 01-02-2013 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Brissyjohn (Post 15022047)

Not a big fan of the Shell. Am doing a run of the Penrite to see results...

How are you doing, Rod?


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