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Old 05-22-2009, 02:07 AM   #1
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Did my vanos seal today

I did my vanos seals today and I only had one problem.......I cut my finger with the exacto knife when I was taking the old seals off

Other than that everything went perfect and it was pretty easy, it took me about 3 hours.

When I first started it everything was normal and I didnt get any check engine lights or anything, for the first mile or so it felt kind of sluggish but after driving a couple miles I could definitely feel more low end torque, I can launch and shift gear at a significantly lower rpm and it just seems to run smoother in general, its noticeably faster to, now when I shift to 2nd at like 6,000rpm the traction control comes on and thats with BFG KDW 225x50zr16's and it definitely never did that before

Look how clean my engine is, its the cleanest semi-high mileage(85k) E46 engine I've seen so far, BMW oil and Mobile 1 0w-40 FTW!



By inlinesicks, shot with Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL at 2009-05-22

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Old 05-22-2009, 02:13 AM   #2
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cool. 3 hrs? is that a new record?
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:18 AM   #3
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cool. 3 hrs? is that a new record?
Well I wasnt taking my time, and I've worked on alot of cars so I wasnt shy about taking it apart.
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:29 AM   #4
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Well I wasnt taking my time, and I've worked on alot of cars so I wasnt shy about taking it apart.
ah. well, congrads. i need to do mine soon.
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:36 AM   #5
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ah. well, congrads. i need to do mine soon.
Its pretty easy as long as you keep the parts you took off organized, oh and in the DIY from Beisan it says some oil will come out when you take the vanos cover bolts off........well when I did it ALOT came out and got all over the belts and my garage floor!
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Its pretty easy as long as you keep the parts you took off organized, oh and in the DIY from Beisan it says some oil will come out when you take the vanos cover bolts off........well when I did it ALOT came out and got all over the belts and my garage floor!
yeah, i plan on covering my floor and belts/pulleys with large garbage bags.
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:17 AM   #8
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Your semi high mileage engine looks just like my semi high mileage engine:

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Old 05-22-2009, 03:47 AM   #9
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Look how clean my engine is, its the cleanest semi-high mileage(85k) E46 engine I've seen so far, BMW oil and Mobile 1 0w-40 FTW!
Man, you deserve the Good Housekeeping Award for that engine.
How often do you change your oil and filter?
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:25 AM   #10
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Engine looks great.......glad to see another member do this job easily because I'll be doing mine this weekend just got my kit from beisan(and dam do they have fast shipping)

Any other things we may need to know before me or other members tackle this job?
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Your semi high mileage engine looks just like my semi high mileage engine:
My semi-high-mileage engine looks cleaner than your semi high mileage engine

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Old 05-22-2009, 08:49 AM   #12
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Well My semi High mileage engine...HOLY MOTHER****IN ****!!!!!(*&^%$$*

At least it isint mine.
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how the fvck?!?
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i knew someone would eventually post that pic against all these clean suckas
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holy crap how on earth does that happen? is that from never changing your oil ever? LMAO
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I HAVE to do this soon. I just have no idea what to do and I don't want to spend $500 bucks getting it done at a shop
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:03 AM   #17
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Ready the how-to. You can do a lot of other stuff with $500.

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Ready the how-to. You can do a lot of other stuff with $500.
I sure can, this will have to be a summer project. I need a friend with tools
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:51 AM   #19
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damn boy.. that is some CLEAN internals!! aircraft certified quality.

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Old 05-22-2009, 10:55 AM   #20
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I used to work at a BMW dealership, and a lot of people would not change their oil for like 30-40k and then trade the car in.
You have no idea how many ignorant people there are.........
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