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Old 02-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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vanos oil line leaking

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The vanos oil line by the solenoid is leaking at the top. Can only the top portion be replaced instead of the whole line? Some diy were pretty involved.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:04 PM   #2
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If it's the one I'm thinking of just order some new crush washers. Then remove it and replace the washers.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:04 PM   #3
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Nope, it is one piece.
Make sure though that it isn't just loose, or the crush washers.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:11 PM   #4
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If you're asking about an e46 with an M52 or M54 engine (and not about the VTEC line on your Acura....), I'd say this.

The Vanos line is a seamless rubber line with two metal crimped ends. If it's leaking from the banjo bolts themselves, replacing the washers -might- help, but they're not really crush washers in the conventional sense (they don't crush).

Usually when they get old (from heat cycles) these lines "weep" from the edges of the metal crimps where the rubber starts. The lines are about $30+ each. You probably need a 19 mm offset box wrench for the rear connection to the back of the OFH. Of course will need to move the airbox out of the way to get to that one, but it's doable. Torque to spec.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:17 PM   #6
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Looks to me like a new VANOS oil line and four new crush washers are in your future.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:22 PM   #7
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Okay, ignore my post, I know nothing about the M56. Thanks for updating your car info, I was wondering why you had it listed as an Acura....
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Okay, ignore my post, I know nothing about the M56. Thanks for updating your car info, I was wondering why you had it listed as an Acura....
Yeah sorry I just never changed the car lol

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #9
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Looks to me like a new VANOS oil line and four new crush washers are in your future.
Naaaooooo!! Anyway everybody says pop off the air box. Any diy for removing only the washers? And what part numbers are the washers?

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:31 PM   #10
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What is a banjo bolt? And can you only replace it?

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:53 PM   #11
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Harp mehs? I figured out what the banjo is. Bmw replaced the solenoid under warranty would they use new crushers?

Also there is oil by the banjo im assuming oil cant travel up the line to contaminate the banjo?

Third what kind of washers do I need can I get them at the hardware store?

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Old 02-07-2013, 11:03 PM   #12
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Supposed to use new crush washers each time you remove them. Yes, they do crush.
How do we know what your dealer does?
Specialty washers; get the right ones for BMW.

Wipe really clean and see where the oil comes from.
I'd replace the oil hose and 4 crushes.

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Old 02-07-2013, 11:14 PM   #13
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Supposed to use new crush washers each time you remove them. Yes, they do crush.
How do we know what your dealer does?
Specialty washers; get the right ones for BMW.

Wipe really clean and see where the oil comes from.
I'd replace the oil hose and 4 crushes.
Yeah I plan on cleaning it. Is idleing the engine enough to cause it to leak again? Or would I need to drive it. What are the washers called? Where can I buy some. Also from the picture I took the banjo looks old or maybe its from the oil.

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:14 AM   #14
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You should learn how to use www.realoem.com to get part numbers for your car.

Then check out these vendors to shop for prices.
WWW.furiousmethod.com


Idling oil pressure will show up leaks. Might take a while as the hose fail weeps slowly at first.
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