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Old 10-27-2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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Vanos oil line

What's up guys I need help installing a new Vanos oil line. Do I need to remove airbox alternator etc. or is there a way to get to the bottom bolt from under the car. Thanx guys
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:34 PM   #2
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Let's think this thru

You def need to get that alternator out to get to the lower banjo bolt behind the oiil filter housing (and under the intake manifold), and I defy you to want to remove the alternator without taking out the airbox, which really goes quickly once you decide to just do it.
And things are tight from under the car, so you'll never get that far up to reach the banjo bolt from underneath. And even if you could, it would be a bear to wrench. It's a two handed job.
So, yes it is a project, but one that is pretty straightforward.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...01&hg=11&fg=30


Wanna know labor costs? Where are you having this done? Dealer or indy?
Not to take you to task, but why are you not doing this yourself? Time? Skill?


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What's up guys I need help installing a new Vanos oil line. Do I need to remove airbox alternator etc. or is there a way to get to the bottom bolt from under the car. Thanx guys

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Old 10-27-2011, 07:52 PM   #3
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thanx alot stinger glad someone could help. guess i wont be attempting it myself . what kind of labor costs r we talking about????
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:01 PM   #4
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no tools no time just want to get it done properly. i have a guy who was referred to me by my body shop n he diagnosed it right away when two others couldnt even see the leak so he seems pretty good but since its a friend of a friend i dont know how much hes gonna charge and i cant really complain unless i know how many hours it should take
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:24 PM   #5
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You haven't filled out a profile

So I do not know whether you have a manual or automatic.
I only have experience with my manual fan removal which is much easier than automatic, and I haven't done an alternator removal myself.
So my guess is that an experienced mechanic could do this in under two hours on a manual trans car.


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no tools no time just want to get it done properly. i have a guy who was referred to me by my body shop n he diagnosed it right away when two others couldnt even see the leak so he seems pretty good but since its a friend of a friend i dont know how much hes gonna charge and i cant really complain unless i know how many hours it should take
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:33 PM   #6
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No way around taking the Alt out again to R/R the upper vanos line ?
Just did OFHG last weekend was a [piece O cake], noticed it [vano line] was leaking and figured I could get it later when I have the part.
Now have the part.
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:53 PM   #7
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taking the alt out is pretty easy actually just two bolts.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:12 AM   #8
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Agree

NO ALT DOESN'T HAVE TO COME OUT.
Air Box out, move power steering res over, you can reach it easily.
I agree, alt out is no big deal.
Does it have to come out to R/R upper vanos line ?

Thanks

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Old 11-30-2011, 06:20 PM   #9
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I removed the airbox and alt when I went back to change the vanos line after doing the OFH gasket. The oil pressure sensor sticks out far enough to get in the way for my big hands. Even my wife took a turn at it, but in the end, more room makes for a cleaner job and less chance of contamination on the banjo bolt.

If the damn thing didn't require those two washers it would be easier.

The whole job took less than hour anyway and I'm no speedwrench.

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Old 11-30-2011, 06:24 PM   #10
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Great

19mm closed end and staggered wrench gets around the sensor. Main thing, Alt doesn't have to come out for vanos line replacement.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:55 PM   #11
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I just completed the job in less than 10 minutes.

Needed: 10mm socket, 19mm (or 3/4") open ended wrench. That's it!

1] Remove airbox (2 10mm bolts)
2] Unplug electrical connectors on oil sensor and one other relay in your way
3] Reach down around the alternator leads and then up to lower Vanos oil line banjo bolt with a 19mm open-end wrench. You can easily get the bolt and crush washers off on a 323i at least. I have large hands and it wasn't a problem at all.
4] Reverse of above. Super simple folks!

That's it! Unless clearances are different for the newer motors, I can't imagine why anyone would remove stuff. The only reason I would ever remove the alternator and oil reservoir would be to clean that side of the engine. As it was, I detected the leak before it turned into an oil bath.

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Old 11-18-2012, 04:04 PM   #12
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