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Old 01-24-2012, 08:15 PM   #121
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Can someone tell me exactly what parts should be replaced when doing this OFHG?

I currently have;

11421719855 x1 - gasket itself
32411093596 x2 - Sealing Ring
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:03 AM   #122
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Removing old gasket

Just my 2 cents. When removing the old gasket, I wouldn't use any type of razor to get it out. You want to use something that won't make any scratches in the aluminum surface. Oil will find its way through that scratch and then all your hard work will be for nothing. Just my opinion and previous experience.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:34 PM   #123
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To those that have done this on an Automatic 330Ci, my ride is coming up on 70k (should hit it tomorrow), when it seems to be the point where the PM on vanos and cooling system and other naughty bits kick in. What other pieces make sense in refreshing while doing this fix if I was committed to an entire Saturday and Sunday, and drive the patient to work Monday morning?
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:05 PM   #124
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Excellent DIY, thanks for taking the time to post it. I'll be undertaking this next week. I will also be replacing the PCV/oil separator in hopes of fixing a vacuum leak. I was told it was a good time to do this as the same time as the oil filter housing, due to improved access. Is anyone aware of a DIY for replacing the PCV?
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:33 AM   #125
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I did the ccv about 6 months ago and here is my list of reference material ...
I'm sure someone is going to crap on me for hijacking the tread

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=643639
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=536123
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=323335
http://www.diymybmw.com/e46/ccv-disa-icv-oil-separator/



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Old 04-01-2012, 08:46 PM   #126
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Done this on a 325Ci this past saturday. I didn't unhook the battery, didn't take off the bottom splash shield, or have trouble with the alt. Took about 45 min to remove the OFH. Took less then 3 hours including steaming the OFH and the side of the block.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:16 PM   #127
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Just did this job and after a few minutes of driving i get check engine error P0014 ?

Any idea why?

The car drives fine
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:01 PM   #128
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OFHG change leading to P0015 code?

Greetings! I just completed this DIY yesterday without any issues, until about 2.5 miles of driving when the service engine soon light came on. Car seemed to drive normally, but when coming to a stop, the idle gets to be very rough, and now it won't seem to idle properly at all. Pulled the OBD scanner to find code P0015 "B" Camshaft Position-Timing Over-Retarded (Bank 1). Seems as if an error code isn't too much from normal after doing the OFHG repair. Am I correct in pulling the Vanos exhaust solenoid and checking it? Any help in the matter would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:09 AM   #129
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I changed the gasket today following this DIY. Thanks! No leaks so far, my fingers are crossed.

Just one additional note: Do jack up the car or use ramps. It helps to seat the fan shroud correctly on the bottom of the car.

I had assembled everything and when I got under the car, I saw the fan shroud was outside its snap points. That wasted another 40 mins messing with that fan. >.<
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:16 PM   #130
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No. The question should be who the hell was charging $980 to replace a $6 gasket next to the alternator?

What did you go in there wearing a helmet and mittens with a dead mouse in your pocket?
BMW of Fairfax quoted me $860 last week. They also wanted $395 for the fuel filter. I watched them charge a woman $115 to replace a light bulb in her brake light (seriously).

I just did the fuel filter, and got everything removed but the VANOS banjo bolt, when I realized I don't have the crush washers. So, I'm going to put everything back together (I'm getting pretty good at this), and wait until next weekend, when I can have the washers.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:56 PM   #131
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BMW of Fairfax quoted me $860 last week. They also wanted $395 for the fuel filter. I watched them charge a woman $115 to replace a light bulb in her brake light (seriously).

I just did the fuel filter, and got everything removed but the VANOS banjo bolt, when I realized I don't have the crush washers. So, I'm going to put everything back together (I'm getting pretty good at this), and wait until next weekend, when I can have the washers.
Not uncommon, I was quoted $898 2 weeks ago for the oil filter housing leak. They didn't say if they are going to replace the entire housing unit or just the gasket.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:07 AM   #132
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Just did this DIY tonight, along with the valve cover gasket and spark plugs. The car fired up perfectly and ran like a champ with no known leaks so far (knocks on wood). At 115k, my spark plugs were pretty shot and the gaskets were too.

The DIYs on this forum are awesome! I'm glad e46s have such a good resources and a supportive community. This DIY is a bit involved, but not too hard at all. And it saved me a few hundred dollars. Cheers and thank you OP!
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:33 AM   #133
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I did this today... easy DIY it took me 2 hours but very slow and cleaning everything on my way....
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:58 PM   #134
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I am new to the forum and to BMW's in general, so don't be to hard on me.

I was wondering, do you have to use the special tool that is recommended for removal of the fan or is there another way?

Thanks
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:21 AM   #135
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I am new to the forum and to BMW's in general, so don't be to hard on me.

I was wondering, do you have to use the special tool that is recommended for removal of the fan or is there another way?

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I used tools similar to these. You can get them on Amazon, ebay, ZDMAK, etc.

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:09 PM   #136
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Guys, I did the oil filter housing gasket change, day before yesterday, and it appears to be leaking again. What did I do wrong?

Steps followed;
Removed whatever was necessary and then finally took the oil filter housing out. Took the old gasket out and after rubbing some oil on the new gasket, installed the new gasket. Housing sat nicely on the two dowels and all 6 bolts were torqed 18ft pound.

Any suggestions are welcome.......as it is greatly dis-appointing to have that oil leak keep going on.......
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:25 AM   #137
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Well, I did this service yesterday, with much help from this post. Thanks so much! I ended up taking the entire filter housing off in order to get the old gasket out. That thing was hard as a rock, and so shrunken up that it was literally below the surface of the housing and doing absolutely no good at all. I just couldn't get it out while the housing was tethered to the engine bay. I think overall, with having removed the housing and the upper radiator hose, I lost about 1/2 quart of oil, about a pint of power steering fluid, and maybe a quart or so of coolant in the process. Luckily I had all the appropriate fluids on hand. I will say, the part that held me up the longest, was getting the alternator out, and then back in. It kind of pressure fits on the block and even with the bolts removed, took a decent amount of careful prying to break it away. Other than that, things went just as planned from the excellent description in this thread. Thanks again.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:23 PM   #138
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Do you have to drain the oil to do this gasket replacement?
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:57 AM   #139
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Do you have to drain the oil to do this gasket replacement?
No, just open the oil filter and that will drop all the oil into the sump and you can just work on OFHG. Once done, just top up few hundred mL of oil that you might have lost during the work (if that).
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:54 PM   #140
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No need to drain oil. Minimal oil will be lost if you loosen the top of the oil filter housing and let it drain back into the engine.
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