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Old 04-25-2015, 03:46 AM   #1
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DIY: CCV Replace & Intake Manifold Removal

part 1:


part 2:


Frustrated with those other CCV replacement videos where they basically tell you to fish those tubes through the intake manifold blind? Well in my video I go ahead and remove the intake manifold, which lets you get access to replace a lot of vacuum lines and other components, and in doing so I give you a view of exactly how to fish the CCV tube through the manifold and hook it to the oil separator so that you can SEE what you need to do clearly, should you decide not to remove it.

To see the video on how to remove all the usual suspects:


I also clean the throttle body and idle air control valve, which really gave me a boost in responsiveness, by the way.

In part 2 I will show you the various vacuum lines you can replace as well as the intake manifold gasket and I show you how to put everything back together.

To get a set of the cold climate CCV components:
http://goo.gl/RDA6wX

Which consists of:
11617533400 - oil separator
11617533398 - valve cover to separator tube
11617533399 - intake manifold to separator tube
11157532629 - oil dipstick drain tube
11617504536 - intake manifold return tube

To get a set of the standard CCV components:
http://goo.gl/91Qxz2

Which consists of:
11617501566 - oil separator
11611432559 - valve cover to separator tube
11617504535 - intake manifold to separator tube
11157532649 - oil dipstick drain tube
11617504536 - intake manifold return tube

To get an Intake Manifold Gasket Set:
http://goo.gl/pmeFKd

Good luck!
-Jason
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:04 PM   #2
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Is the Intake Manifold removal the same for the M54 engine as it is for the M52?
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:20 PM   #3
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Basically the same. A few hoses are different, nothing major.
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:27 PM   #4
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Watching your videos gives me confidence to work on this car! Thank you!

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Old 05-26-2015, 10:00 AM   #5
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I used your videos. Thanks.

Mine is a bit different due to the fact it's a 323i with a cable operated throttle. I noticed my fuel line connection is different and I have more brackets on the right side of the manifold (for anyone else with a 323 looking to do this).
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Old 05-27-2015, 05:55 PM   #6
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Thanks for the videos, I decided to go this route as well and just waiting for my parts to come in from ECS
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Old 05-30-2015, 07:57 PM   #7
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I used your videos. Thanks.

Mine is a bit different due to the fact it's a 323i with a cable operated throttle. I noticed my fuel line connection is different and I have more brackets on the right side of the manifold (for anyone else with a 323 looking to do this).
Yeah you've got an M52 engine, as opposed to the M54 that I have. I was just over at my buddy's house and he's got the same (2.8 instead of your 2.3). You've got a fuel rail with a return line so there are two quick-connect fuel hoses. I also noticed a vacuum line running to the top front of the fuel rail.

Minor differences that anyone looking to do this job can pretty much figure out, as you did!
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:14 PM   #8
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I know this post is old but I had to say Thanks for the great video! My starter died and I used your video.
I initially tried to remove the starter without taking the intake manifold off, I wish I just would have started right away removing the manifold, it would have been much easier. It probably took 15 minutes (I had already removed everything underneath).

The only problem I ran into was when I removed the fuel rail, a few of the fuel injector o-rings came off....and of course one fell into the blackhole of the engine...but at $3 each, I figured I would just put all new ones on anyway since I was in there.

Also on my 2004 330ci convertible, I had far fewer vacuum hoses.

So thanks again for your great video!!! Anyone out there trying to avoid removing it, just do it, it was very easy! The funny thing, about 2 months ago I had to replace the CCV and pipes. I did this without removing the manifold...it took forever!! I wish I would have done this then.

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