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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 09-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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S54 vanos

Is it possible to replace the vanos without the special tools?

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Old 09-26-2013, 09:11 AM   #2
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S54 vanos

No. Spend the cash and get the tools. You'll thank your self later. You can remove and install the Vanos with out the cam bridge but I would not recommend it. The crankshaft locking pin is essential.


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Old 09-26-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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Re: S54 vanos

So there's no way to actuat the vanos without the special tools? And I have the crank locking pin.

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Old 09-26-2013, 10:50 AM   #4
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you need the crank tool and the actuators. also you need air to actuate the vanos. if not you will time the vanos wrong and you'll get a vanos code with poor performance. im a beemer tech so its really important to not try to take shortcuts.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:11 PM   #5
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Re: S54 vanos

The tools are expensive to actuat tge vanos even with my discount I'm also a beamer tech our shop doesn't have the ine to actuat the vani s or the one that goes on the vanos to supply air.is it possibly to get them from somewhere else or rent ?

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Old 09-26-2013, 12:37 PM   #6
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you can always make one. its just power and ground for the soleniods. look at wiring diagram and see what the pins are for and have at it.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:05 PM   #7
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Re: S54 vanos

Hahah I was just think about that .would I still need the air ?

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Old 09-26-2013, 03:46 PM   #8
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im sure you do.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:02 PM   #9
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Hey OP, you need the locking PIN, and cam bridge. The actuators are not necessary. I've done many vanos overhauls successfully without the actuator... It's nice to have but not necessary... my two cents.
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:37 AM   #10
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Re: S54 vanos

Actually the updated repair manual says you don't need the cam bridge anymore

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:54 AM   #11
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Actually the updated repair manual says you don't need the cam bridge anymore

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OP you need to explain this more! What updated service manual are you talking about? Once you unbolt the hub(s) or remove the splined shaft you will need the cam bridge and pin combo. Anything else you can probably get away without, but I'm not sure.

You say vanos like its a single component. Then you drop this on us, like you're a vanos veteran. I can't take you seriously.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:04 AM   #12
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Start by replacing the solenoid pack to see if that solves your problem before ripping open the VANOS hub.

...and if it is deemed necessary that the hub will have to come off, get the timing tool at bimmertoolrental.com.
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:01 PM   #13
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Re: S54 vanos

I'm not removing the hubs or spline shafts just the vanos unit. That's why I don't need the cam bridge.

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Old 09-29-2013, 02:15 PM   #14
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Ah yes clarity. Why not replace the cam bolts while you're in there? Or even take a look at the timing chain guide that's been known to break? Are you going in there just to replace the oil pump disc and seals while negating the other stuff just to avoid buying/renting a cam bridge? Do it all and right the first time.
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