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Old 07-29-2010, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by poolman View Post
take the time to do your Vanos seals ... and CCV valve and hose's
I don't disagree. It would be nice to list the recommended parts for:
- Drive belt system (see post #2 above)
- Cooling system overhaul (see post #3 above)
- CCV valve & hose overhaul (see post #9 above)
- VANOS seals overhaul (see my ad hoc summary below).

BTW, it takes me longer to decide WHAT to buy than to do the actual job; so it helps to have a good starting point list of recommended parts and brands.

Is this the right list for the VANOS seals?
PLEASE CORRECT! (EDIT: Kindly corrected by Seth (aka Hooray!) here & Doru here).

- 1 valve cover gasket
- 1 Double vanos seals repair kit (6-cyl) (BS001) $60/each (beisansystems)
- 1 vanos gasket (11-36-1-433-817) 6.73/each,
- 2 vanos oil hose/pipe washer (32-41-1-093-596) $.25/each
- 15 valve cover bolt grommet (11-12-1-437-395) $1.73/each,

- 1 valve cover gasket set (>=09/02 11-12-0-030-496) $34.26/each,
- 4 x engine cover bolt/nut cap (11-12-1-726-089) 3.27/each,

- 1 oil fill neck gasket (11-12-7-526-447) 2.29/each
- 2 x vanos piston bolt (11-36-1-748-745) $1.42/each,
- 2x fan shroud rivet (17-11-1-712-963) $.27/each,
- radiator overflow neck (17-11-0-419-132) $1.67/each
- 4x engine cover pad (11-12-1-730-352) $1.98/each
- High-temp Copper RTV sealant for the corners of the valve cover.
- 1 plastic (or better yet, brass) bleed screw which has a habit of disintegrating as the very last step.

- 32mm long-handled thin fan clutch nut tool (see details here)
- Fan hub bolt counterhold tool, 45mm (I6) or 38mm (V8) hole spacing
- Exacto thin blade knife would be pefect
- A pick set (small screw driver handles on various metal point shafts)
- scotch brite pad (to smooth out the inevitable scratches on the piston surface, just don't scratch inside the groove when you remove them)
- Torque wrench that works both clockwise and counter clockwise
- way to lift your car, we lifted and put a triple 2x8 block under front wheels, gives you enough access under the car to disconnect the coolant hoses from clips without removing hoses like the Besian instructions suggest (avoids bleeding the coolant system).
- I used the brake cleaner on all the parts / hoses / shields, frame, etc before putting back together, you wont reach alot of those spots ever again!
- blue tape and marker to label each coil as you remove it so you put back on the same cylinder
- remove the VANOS cap and do one piston at a time, put cap back on so you dont mix up pistons (they have a wear set to the cylinder)
- only use one roll of paper towels
- used 6x white terry towels (tossed)
- used two beach size towels to cover fender and engine to prevent scratches, etc and a nice spot to set the tools and instructions
- printed instructions in a 3 ring binder (easy to manage and set on towel above)
- two shop lights, good flashlight (to see nooks)
- pan to catch coolant when you raise the overflow tank too high even though instructions warn you about this
- pan to catch oil that VANOS will spit out when you pull metal covers and plastic caps, I followed instructions and put two white towels over the belts and hoses (see pic), they did their job
- folding table with towel on it to set all the parts in an organized group, in sequence with them coming off, easy to locate and put back on

- Bosch spark plugs (you are right there once the coils are removed)
- ? anything else ?

Last edited by bluebee; 09-20-2010 at 02:46 PM.
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