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Old 04-29-2008, 04:11 PM   #1
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Pressure Hose To Vanos Leak!!!

I brought my car to my mechanic because I noticed an oil leak. Turns out that the pressure hose to the vanos and the oil filter housing is leaking oil and he said I need to take care of this like yesterday.... He's said with parts and labor I'm looking at $650. I have no clue what the vanos is but I'm guessing I can DIY this one. Does this price sound reasonable?
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:22 PM   #2
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Any suggestions, would be helpful. Has anyone heard of the high pressure hose? ive been searching but nothing that matches what im looking for. My mechanic didnt say anything was wrong with the vanos itself, just hose leading to it was leaking. Thanx in advance for any help
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:25 PM   #3
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Well, firstly, the VANOS is an integral part of the design characteristics of the engine where the DME (engine computer) can advance/retard the timing of the valve opening/closing based on the load characteristics of the engine (how hard it's pulling, throttle position, rpm's, temp, etc). It is managed by two pistons sitting on top of and in front of the head (it's the rounded piece of plastic right on the front top of the engine, in front of the BMW engine cover. That high pressure hose goes from the oil pump up to that vanos unit.

As far as the work involved, it makes a lot of difference on WHERE it is leaking. The pressure hose is quite short and it connects to the block via a banjo bolt right almost in the middle front of the engine, and goes down to the oil system. Getting at the top connector is easy, the other part is down below the intake manifold. Not sure how hard it would be to reach that! Of course, if just one of the banjo connections is leaking, that is just a washer.

As for the filter, once again...where it is leaking from makes all the difference. If it is just the top of the filter housing, that can easily be replaced for next to nothing with a quick trip to the parts department. If it is leaking underneath the filter housing, that would require slightly more work, of which I dont know the amount of work involved.

I'd guess that you are fairly new to the BMW under-hood workings, so it might be best to let the shop handle it, or at best, go to an independent BMW service shop in your area for at least a second opinion. At any rate, leaky lubrication system should always be addressed to ensure greatest longevity of your engine.
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:45 AM   #4
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^thanx i think i have a better understanding of what im dealing with now. i just dont know where its leeaking or even what hose to buy. I just know he said that the park was about 200 bucks. I checked realoem.com and i didnt see any hose for that price. so im basically lost at this point
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Old 04-30-2008, 06:31 AM   #5
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Of course you won't find it at that price, the shop will have to put a hefty margin on it.

The oil pipe to the VANOS is 11-36-1-705-532 ($63). Look for it in 'Search parts' on RealOEM to bring you to the VANOS diagram.
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:03 PM   #6
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:13 PM   #7
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to replace that hose is pretty easy. It can be done with BRUISED knuckles by simply removing all intake tubing... (air filter box, MAF, and all piping up to the throttle body) Ive done it, so I know its possible! I think the bentley reccomends removing the intake manifold... but you dont want to do that if you dont have to. lol.

Just checked pelican. They want 55 bucks for the hose. part number:
11361705532.

DOUBLE CHECK REALOEM.com to make sure thats the right part number for your particular car... but thats the right one for my 2000 323ci.
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:15 PM   #8
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Yep, toddkageals is spot on


OP, $650 to replace the VANOS Oil Line is a bit steep, and this is definitely a DIY-job.

I have the VANOS Oil Line in-stock, just shoot me an email if you're interested.
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Thanx alot guys. im gonna go buy the hose tomorrow. im searching for a diy right now. Im so pissed that this guy would overcharge me so much money!
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:41 AM   #10
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Finally got around to changing the pressure hose and replacing the oil filter housing gasket.PITA!!! hopefully this solves the prob
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hey. i think that i have a leak at the same hose...any advice or tips on replacing this hose?
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:16 PM   #12
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hey. i think that i have a leak at the same hose...any advice or tips on replacing this hose?
i changed my oil filter housing gasket at the same time, that was where the real leak was coming from. this is the diy i used for that mayb i can help u out.
http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/oil/housing.htm
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yikes! that looks like a big job! i cleaned up the banjo bolt a bit tonight and tomorrow hopefully i can confirm where the leak is coming from. But I think this may be a task for my local indy. thx
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bump for later!! i im having a leak as well
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:27 PM   #15
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bump for later!! I im having a leak as well
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This turned out to be a semi easy install, it's a tight fit but very doable and i made sure to pickup new crush washers. All i did was remove air filter box, MAF, moved power steering reservoir, removed oil filter cap to get to the top of the hose and undid a couple sensors in order to get to the bottom of the hose. Whole process took 45 minutes.
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