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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:14 AM
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Exclamation I'll give u all this just 2 BORROW timing tools

I am needing to do the.vanos seals on my 97 528i and I need to borrow the timing tools .I have a few things in great condition that came off my car due to upgrades that Id be willing to ship you in return for shipping me the timing tools then I will ship them back them back to.
What I have......
the e39 business radio with trim and all 4 front door speakers.
Fuel door (black)
a complete set of vavona wood trim that has been painted black.
pre cat O2 sensor (used but good)
BMW emblem for hood (blue)

I also have a set of carbon fiber rim emblems, but they don't fit e39 and a brand new set of.some kind of headlights upgrade hid kit (I don't know what its for, but I'll try to post pics). I also have a used but good oem fan clutch.

I know its not much, but I figure maybe somebody can use or sell It. Thanks for taking the time.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:10 AM
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You may be able to rent the tools for this job--contacat Rajiae--he might help you with this
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:24 AM
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You dont normaly need to do the cam timeing to do VANOS seals. Are you talking about the cam holders? When I did my '98 528 VANOS I bought the holder tools, but I dont think it really was nessessary. There is a photo someplace online of someone using two adjustable wrenchs that form an A-shape and then vice gripped together. Its really all thats needed and I wished Id saved the $90 or so bucks on the one time needed tool.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:36 AM
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Try this:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1814850
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:39 AM
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Or you can rent them:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...highlight=rent
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:47 PM
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1. Cam Locking Tool: Get a piece of plexiglass or wood and cut the squares once the valve cover is removed and the camshafts are set properly.
Most of the time, the camshafts will not move unless you apply moderate force.

2. The Cam Sprocket tool: use a right-angle pair of pliers and turn it via the holes (where the torx bolts go in), you will be fine.

In fact, no need for any special tools.

As long as you read the engineering aspects of Vanos (think like an engineer), and fully understand the Intake Vanos Splines meshing with the Intake Spocket, then you are fine.
The bottom line is, when activated, the piston protrudes outward, turning the Intake Cam Shaft (not the Sprocket) Clockwise, thus advancing the cam.

You tube has a few useful video of Vanos.









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Old 01-28-2013, 07:58 PM
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Man , you all are freekin' amazing ! I've been so super nervous about doing this diy , but just going by the amount of.people who've chimed in about ways to make timing tools, where to rent them, videos and websites.and all in under 12 hours . Im confident that no matter what I run into somebody will be able to help me... I plan. on doing this in the next couple weeks depending on when all my stuff comes in and the South Louisiana weather . I'll make sure I post when Im about to get started so you all can keep an eye out for "panic posts" lol.... THANKS BIMMERFEST !!!!!
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:21 PM
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In the link provided by Fudman above:
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1814850

The photo #1 and #2 are fine (the ghetto cam lock tool).

Photo #3 shows a serious issue: the channel pliers arm with the 4 Torx bolts in situ!!!
The Exhaust Cam Sprocket should be turn ONLY with the 4 Torx bolts removed, other the Exhaust Cam will move.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:30 PM
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I checked into this about 2 years ago. Its about $900ish to buy tools, $300 to rent. I went to BMW of El Paso and they said if I bring the car in with everything done to where they just had to do the timing and I put it back together from there, they would only charge me $210.
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