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Old 03-16-2011, 07:01 PM   #1
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How to fix a broken Vanos torx bolt - left hand thread

I broke the inside - 'left hand thread' bolts while removing the vanos - how do i extract them?


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No. You'll be fine. Use a pick tool or similar to get what's left out. With the head broken, there will be nothing holding it in. It's even submerged in oil for you.

Rotate it slowly and gently using a pick and you'll be fine.

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BOLT PART NUMBER: 11361748745 - THEY GO FOR $1 - WHEN REPLACING VANOS SEALS - GET TWO - JUST IN CASE - THEY BREAK REAAAALY EASILY
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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looks theyre gonna have to be drilled out.
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That's pretty ****ing legit man.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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um cant quite see clearly in the picture can u circle the bolt in question
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:16 PM   #4
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No. You'll be fine. Use a pick tool or similar to get what's left out. With the head broken, there will be nothing holding it in. It's even submerged in oil for you.

Rotate it slowly and gently using a pick and you'll be fine.

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Old 03-16-2011, 07:24 PM   #5
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No. You'll be fine. Use a pick tool or similar to get what's left out. With the head broken, there will be nothing holding it in. It's even submerged in oil for you.

Rotate it slowly and gently using a pick and you'll be fine.

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NOICE THANKS MUCH...didint even think they might be so loose.
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:32 AM   #6
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I want to thank everyone who contributed to this thread. I would be stuck on that broken bolt for at least few hours. THANK YOU FANATICS!

Below you might see few pictures of my cams, I have 87k miles on my engine, no sludge or anything like that. Wear on the cams is really minimal..
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how easy (relative) was the whole vanos procedure? I've had mix reviews, some say its a nightmare and dont recommend doing it while i see it as fairly straight forward...

thanks...car looks great btw
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It's not a 10 minute oil change but there's really nothing difficult about it.
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how easy (relative) was the whole vanos procedure? I've had mix reviews, some say its a nightmare and dont recommend doing it while i see it as fairly straight forward...

thanks...car looks great btw
You just need to take the time to do it, get the correct tools, read a couple of times the instructions at beisan and you are good to go.

Before initiating the VANOS seals on my car, I purchased the valve cover gasket, 6 spark plug hole gaskets, high-temp gasket sealant, the 2 bolts that the OP broke, new vanos gasket and oil cleaner, to clean the mating surface of valve cover and engine head
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how easy (relative) was the whole vanos procedure? I've had mix reviews, some say its a nightmare and dont recommend doing it while i see it as fairly straight forward...

thanks...car looks great btw

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You just need to take the time to do it, get the correct tools, read a couple of times the instructions at beisan and you are good to go.

Before initiating the VANOS seals on my car, I purchased the valve cover gasket, 6 spark plug hole gaskets, high-temp gasket sealant, the 2 bolts that the OP broke, new vanos gasket and oil cleaner, to clean the mating surface of valve cover and engine head
I prepared all my tools in advance, all the tools are mentioned in the manual. It took me 5 hours from start (first bolt removed) to finish last bolt - for cabin air filter), I had few smoke breaks and something to eat too. I took my time, had all my tools sorted. Everything was torqued to specs with torque wrench.

For the job I bought:
-valve cover gasket $35
-beisan vanos seals $65
-seals for valve cover bolts $11
-bolts for vanos $2
-washers for vanos oil line $1
-vanos bottom cover gasket - the metal one $7
-brake cleaner $7
-ultra copper silicone $7

I think that is it. Total cost of about $135. Not bad considering dr.vanos is like 400 bucks, and local mechanic wanted 300 for valve cover gasket alone...
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