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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:18 AM
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VANOS sealing compound

I will doing my VANOS O-ring seals repair/upgrade and have a question on what sealing compound to use. The service manual states that one should apply a thin coat of 3-bond 1209 or equivalent sealing compound to head face and VANOS unit surfaces. I am not familiar with 3-bond so I was wondering what folks have been using for this job. Thanks.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:17 PM
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I used Permatex Ultra Copper, which is also used in the Beisan Systems procedure:

http://www.beisansystems.com/procedu..._procedure.htm
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:39 PM
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Thanks, I will be using Permatex Ultra Copper for the points identified for the valve cover gasket install. I was not sure if is also used for the VANOS metal gasket to head mating.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:30 PM
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Basically you're looking for a high temperature sealant which also says sensor safe on the container.
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