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Old 02-05-2014, 12:34 PM   #1
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helical gear from the vanos. reverse screw snapped.

Hello, so I own 2002.325ci. Besides a race car I already have. Unfortunately I was planning to get rid of this car asap. I did a rebuilt of my vanos but came into a issue. The reverse screw snapped off on the exhaust helical gear.

Now I do not work on bmw's myself only on Mitsubishi evos. So my question is to pull the exhaust helical gear out of the cam gears I need to pull off the came correct ? Or is there another way.

I also noticed if I manually turn the crank it comes to dead stop after a half turn (had the intake helical gear off and the exhaust one still in). But after installing the intake helical gear back in it seems the crank rotates continuously.

Any help would help. Lol.

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Old 02-26-2014, 11:07 PM   #2
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You should be able to use a small flat head screw driver or a pick/scribe to rotate the remains of the bolt. I snapped both when I did my vanos...I panicked for a few minutes then got in there and took my time. They both were very loose to rotate out. Good luck

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