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Old 09-03-2015, 07:12 PM   #1
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OFHG and Vanos Oil Line

I have a E46 with 147000. I have changed the Oil Filter Housing Before but never the Vanos Oil Line. Just wondering if it is necessary to change the parts or can I just keep refilling oil.


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Old 09-03-2015, 09:06 PM   #2
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OFHG and Vanos Oil Line

If it's not leaking leave it alone


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Old 09-03-2015, 09:13 PM   #3
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Let it leak all you want or change the parts for a few dollars. You will save money in oil alone after a short while.
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:44 PM   #4
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Having removed the oil filter housing before, you know what to expect with the OFHG repair. VANOS line is easier if combined with the OFHG, but easy enough to do on its own. If you've got leaks, fix 'em.
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:01 AM   #5
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I meant that I have had the OFHG changed by a indy shop before. I believe about 30,000 miles ago. I have a quote for $300 for both jobs.
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If you’re interested in working on the car yourself, the DIYs are pretty straightforward and parts will run you around $50. If not, just keep an eye on things until they get worse, but they’ll need to be addressed eventually.

I’d put the OFHG higher on the list since it can develop into a fairly substantial leak, but the VANOS line normally weeps from the crimp connections, and likely not an urgent repair.

VANOS oil line is part #11361705532: https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...4-11361705532c.
And the DIY is simple enough: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...7#post13848337.

OFHG is part #11421719855: https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...et-11421719855.
And here's a DIY video by forum member 50sKid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=zC_cmsX68Ok.

Should give you a good idea of what to expect if you tackle things yourself, or at least what the labor is that you’ll be paying for if you take it to a shop.
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