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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 03-06-2008, 05:03 PM   #61
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So heres a little update... when you do this job yourself... make sure you inspect the little coolant line that runs alongside the head. I have a leak coming out of it and im trying to decide what to do about it. lol.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:29 PM   #62
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NOW YOU NEED TO FIX IT FOR FREE.

LOL thats what we hear when that happens. Although if I quote that up fromt then its why do I need that you are a crook! LOL
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:13 PM   #63
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I had just bought the car and it overheated two days later, so the dealer I bought it from did the work. I paid for the machine work and the water pump hoses, etc. The aux cooling fan and thermostat were replaced by my local dealer here. They did it parts only as well. IMO my local dealer was at fault for the head gasket replacement being necessary. But proving that would cost a lot more than just fixing it

Local dealer said car was fine when I brought it in (they had it a week). They said there are no computer faults, we updated the software, there was a bulletin on it. I left and quickly learned it wasn't...
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:10 PM   #64
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Aww, alright, So yeah... thats why you got such a steal on the work... because they were at fault. haha. that explains alot more
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:23 PM   #65
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wishing you good luck- the e46 has block problems that wont allow the head bolts to hold proper torque.you should have tried to torque the bolts before removal to check for block damage.I have seen some timesert type thread insert repair kits, but have never used them on a block. since your head wasnt warped you may not have any problems.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:45 PM   #66
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already done

The head is already back on and was torqued to spec with no problems at all. Thanks for the concern though. Pretty much... everything is working except for the stupid heater line that comes off the head... I replaced the o-ring with a new one when I installed it... but apparently I didnt put it on straight or something... ive got a coolant leak right out of the junction... and in order to fix it... ive gotta remove the intake manifold again... yay me... haha. But... At least with the intake manifold, theres nothing that I could have "done wrong". Thats all self explanatory stuff... The timing and vanos is correct and working... thats the important part But I am bummed about having to remove the intake manifold again... such a PITA! Oh well... I wont do that again... haha.
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:06 PM   #67
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another update

another update So I completely finished EVERYTHING and its running AMAZING... actually... too amazing... lol. I have CRAZY high end hp that definitely wasnt there before... vanos kicks in harder then it ever did before. The temp is perfect, everything was pretty much perfect... but then I got a code...

Basically saying theres a vanos malfunction... which doesnt make sense cause its working fine... I looked into the code further and people seem to get that code when they have the exhaust camshaft retarded 1 tooth or so... Which gives you a good deal more power... but it will make emissions go out the roof... and gives you a code on top of it...

So I would have just left it... and said screw the light... im down for the power... but hey, guess what... im up for a smog... lol. So they wont smog a car if it has a light on the dash... so now ive gotta pull the vanos off and re-time the cams... essentially loosing all that nice power that I just gained... I think im gonna mark them where I have them right now so that I can put it back after I pass smog. hahaha.

Other then that, ive been driving the car HARD. done about 300 miles canyoning at at least 2X the posted limits... hahaha. Much fun... and im not looking forward to loosing that power when I move the cam chain back to where its supposed to be. haha.
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:09 PM   #68
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very very interesting....sucks that you have to go through it again though!
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:13 PM   #69
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yeah

yeah, I know... im gonna take some pictures of where all the timing marks are though so others can ATTEMPT to reproduce the results... Its kinda a pain to do... but the power increase is DEFIINITELY noticeable.
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Mine is also running like a champ. To the poster who said it won't hold, it's not always the case. BMW says torque them before you start to check. Get the head machined and it can work, especially if it didn't get that hot like mine did. It's when it gets really hot the aluminum is compromised.
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:17 PM   #71
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Yeah, like wes said you have to overheat it alot in order to cause a problem. the problem is that alot of the bmw owners unfortunately are people who dont really pay attention to their guages... It sounds bad to say... but its definitely true.... lol.

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Yeah, like wes said you have to overheat it alot in order to cause a problem. the problem is that alot of the bmw owners unfortunately are people who dont really pay attention to their guages... It sounds bad to say... but its definitely true.... lol.
Yeah. My SA was talking about that. Ex. The woman who drives for 15 miles because she doesn't want to pull over. Some people are idiots.

The early E90s (2007) don't even have a temp. gauge. It's crazy. I think there is a warning light that comes on or something. I would still like one to know when the car has warmed up in the morning.
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get the vanos tools thats the only way you will ever get it correct. Thats why I said before give it a week it will set that code. I seem to get one car a month from some DIY or other shop that doesn't think they need to tools to do it!
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:01 AM   #74
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Yeah... you are right... lol. Worst part... I had the tools. I used them when pulling it off... but then when I went to put it back together I looked at it and was just like.. hmm, I dont think I need to bother using the tools... lol.. oh well... its not a big deal. I can have the vanos off within a couple hours... ive gotten to know this motor pretty well
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:48 PM   #76
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Are you talking about the Turner tool?

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get the vanos tools thats the only way you will ever get it correct. Thats why I said before give it a week it will set that code. I seem to get one car a month from some DIY or other shop that doesn't think they need to tools to do it!
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:34 PM   #77
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no, im talking about the camshaft alignment fixture tool. Baum tools makes it. They sell it on pelican for i believe 150 bucks or something along those lines... DONT QUOTE ME ON THE PRICE, IM BALLPARKING. haha.
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:23 PM   #78
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The second tool here?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cam-A...spagenameZWDVW
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:25 PM   #79
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from what i can tell in my bentley manual, itd be this

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vanos-Tool-11615...742.m153.l1262

the one you linked looks like one part of the tool to lock the cams at TDC. though the bentley calls for all 6 of those in the ebay link you posted.
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