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Old 04-30-2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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valve cover gasket

Hey guys..

Going to be changing out vcg here shortly. My q's are, my '01 325i has 98k miles on it. While I am into this project what else should I replace? Are there things that I should replace "no questions asked" and anything I need to look for when I'm into this for pre maintenance? Basically, just anything ELSE I should do. Thanks!
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:43 AM   #2
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Vanos is the only other you could, at 98K and 10 years if never done before, I would
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:46 AM   #3
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i did mine yesterday. surprisingly easy to do with all the DIYs. did my spark plugs as well.
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Old 04-30-2010, 01:52 PM   #4
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Spark plugs are a great suggestion... otherwise, you're not really removing or accessing components that need repair.

VANOS could be an issue, but unless your hearing or experiencing a problem, you might just want to stick with the VCG.
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:56 PM   #5
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+1 for spark plugs.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:35 PM   #6
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thanks guys but I dont know what the hell is vanos..lol! I do everything myself when it comes to my bimmer but that term I never heard of
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:46 PM   #7
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While you have the cover off you can do the vanos seals from Beisan Systems. like others said, you are taking out the plugs so might as well swap those if you haven't in awhile. The Vanos seals seem to take a bit more time but its better to get it done while you have all the bolts out for the valve cover if you have the time and money.
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:31 PM   #8
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thanks guys but I dont know what the hell is vanos..lol! I do everything myself when it comes to my bimmer but that term I never heard of
Lots to read then!

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=700533
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:49 AM   #9
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thanks for the help on the Vanos. If I dont have that issue with the rattling noise, do I have to worry about replacing it? Or is it a part that wears out?
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It wears out over time, leading to sluggish performance usually in the low-end range, I think there's a few other symptoms too.
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:18 AM   #11
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I just did my VGC a couple weeks ago (along with other maintenance items), but I didn't do the Vanos. I have the repair kit from Beisan Systems, but my car seems to run fine. I did read many posts that tell of a slow loss of perfermance over time and they didn't really notice until they did the Vanos repair. They said the car came alive, so I'll plan to do my Vanos in a few months since I have 100K miles.
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thanks guys but I dont know what the hell is vanos..lol! I do everything myself when it comes to my bimmer but that term I never heard of
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