Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E46 (1999 - 2006)

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-02-2013, 12:05 PM
halltristan's Avatar
halltristan halltristan is offline
Bimmer Enthusiast
Location: Tennessee
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 652
Mein Auto: 325i and X3
How much time needed for this project?

Next week I plan to do the following:

VCG replacement
Rebuild Vanos
OFHG
Vanos Oil Pipe from OFHG to Vanos
New belts
New pulleys (if needed)

I'm thinking about doing the CCV as well so I'm curious to know the time difference with or without it.
__________________

Member No. 470379

Last edited by halltristan; 10-02-2013 at 12:50 PM.
Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 10-02-2013, 12:20 PM
mlukas161's Avatar
mlukas161 mlukas161 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: WNY
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 934
Mein Auto: 03 330i, 04 X3
I'd say 8-10 hours not including the Vanos seals. Many of the belts and pulleys have to come off anyway. Also, as mentioned, now's the time to do the CVV if you're concerned about it.
Clean your ICV while your in there too.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-02-2013, 12:23 PM
Fast Bob's Avatar
Fast Bob Fast Bob is online now
Keeping it surreal
Location: Here, there, everywhere....
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 34,400
Mein Auto: 2004 330Ci ZHP 3 pedals
Quote:
Originally Posted by halltristan View Post
Next week I plan to do the following:

VCG replacement
Rebuild Vanos
OFHG
Vanos Oil Pipe from OFHG to Vanos
New belts
New pulleys (if needed)

I'm thinking about doing the CCV as well so I'm curious to know how the time difference with or without it.
Don`t be so concerned about the relatively small extra amount of time, now would be ideal, while you have everything apart. You won`t have to mess with it again for a long time, and you`ll be a BIG step further down the road....
__________________
The road goes ever onward....
(R.I.P. Jever)

*Please support the Wounded Warrior Project*

When faced with choosing between two evils, always go with the one you`ve never tried before....
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-02-2013, 12:27 PM
ahull's Avatar
ahull ahull is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Carolina
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,364
Mein Auto: ist schnell! (03 330i SC)
Agree with all above - well, I think you can do the vanos seals and CCV plus all the other in 10 hours. CCV is probably 3 of that (half of which is removing intake, DISA, ICV and TB, part of which you have to do for the OFHG anyway and that gives you more room for the CCV job). Vanos seals only take maybe an hour once you've removed the vanos, which only takes about 15 mins after the VC is off. You're saving some time by doing the CCV too. Just make sure you keep track of and plug all the connectors back in or we'll razz you when you come back with a "where does this connector go" thread. Good luck!

Watch the bavauto video on the CCV. You'll be glad you did - especially on putting the new one in with the s-hose.
__________________
2003 330i TiAg Sport Pkg ~90k miles
DIY MODS: AA Stage I supercharger, Meyle HD FCAs w Powerflex CABs, Bilstein shocks, Meyle HD Rtabs, Angel Eyes, Clear Corners/Markers w/ LEDs, LED tails, ZHP rims, Akebono pads, AUX input
DIY E46 Merit Badges: Sunroof resurrection, CCV, OFHG, VCG w/ VANOS seals, DISA, Cooling Refresh I, steering giubo, window regs, Magnetic Infandibulator (see wiki)
DIY On deck: Rear Diff bushing. UUC SSK, clutch job eventually, Wavetrac LSD

Last edited by ahull; 10-02-2013 at 12:35 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-02-2013, 12:47 PM
halltristan's Avatar
halltristan halltristan is offline
Bimmer Enthusiast
Location: Tennessee
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 652
Mein Auto: 325i and X3
Its funny how a $6 job has turned into $600. At first I was only planning to do the OFHG but that led to the discovery of a small leak from the VCG. Of course that leads to the vanos rebuild... and since I have to do that, well why not the pulleys/belts too. And while everything else is out of the engine compartment, I might as well go ahead and do the CCV.

Absolutely crazy. Watch the DISA need replacing. I already expect it.

Might as well take a shovel, dig everything out and just put new stuff back in.
__________________

Member No. 470379

Last edited by halltristan; 10-02-2013 at 12:52 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-02-2013, 12:53 PM
smolck's Avatar
smolck smolck is online now
ROLL TIDE!
Location: Birmingham, AL
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 22,348
Mein Auto: 2004 ZHP Sedan
Re: How much time needed for this project?

3.5 hours

Sent from my HTC One X using BimmerApp mobile app
__________________

Check out my YouTube Channel for DIY's and other fun stuff HERE
Check out my BMWBLOG!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fast Bob View Post
now, go burn your Man Card, and buy yourself a Camry....
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-02-2013, 01:16 PM
halltristan's Avatar
halltristan halltristan is offline
Bimmer Enthusiast
Location: Tennessee
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 652
Mein Auto: 325i and X3
Why does the OFHG being removed make the CCV easier to do? From all the videos I've seen, it looks like the alternator removed would give most of the extra room needed.
__________________

Member No. 470379
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-02-2013, 01:29 PM
mlukas161's Avatar
mlukas161 mlukas161 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: WNY
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 934
Mein Auto: 03 330i, 04 X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by halltristan View Post
Why does the OFHG being removed make the CCV easier to do? From all the videos I've seen, it looks like the alternator removed would give most of the extra room needed.
IIRC You have to remove the alternator to get to the Oil Filter Housing.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-02-2013, 01:33 PM
halltristan's Avatar
halltristan halltristan is offline
Bimmer Enthusiast
Location: Tennessee
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 652
Mein Auto: 325i and X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by mlukas161 View Post
IIRC You have to remove the alternator to get to the Oil Filter Housing.
That's my point. I don't really see how the OFH is really in the way.
__________________

Member No. 470379
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-02-2013, 01:34 PM
OfTheLost's Avatar
OfTheLost OfTheLost is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: VA
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 594
Mein Auto: 2000 328i
Quote:
Originally Posted by mlukas161 View Post
IIRC You have to remove the alternator to get to the Oil Filter Housing.
Truth.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-02-2013, 01:47 PM
jvr826's Avatar
jvr826 jvr826 is offline
Is it Trackday yet?
Location: In the woods. Santa Cruz County, CA
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 8,839
Mein Auto: 05 330ci 6MT
Quote:
Originally Posted by smolck View Post
3.5 hours

Sent from my HTC One X using BimmerApp mobile app
Timelapse video or it didn't happen.
__________________
Jeff R.
Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA - Autocross - Come Join Us!


"You drive like old people $#@%... slow and sloppy!" - George Carlin
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-02-2013, 02:07 PM
mlukas161's Avatar
mlukas161 mlukas161 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: WNY
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 934
Mein Auto: 03 330i, 04 X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by halltristan View Post
That's my point. I don't really see how the OFH is really in the way.
You don't need to remove the OFH to change the CVV... but it makes it much easier from what I'm told.

The alternator needs to be removed to get the OFH out.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10-02-2013, 03:03 PM
smolck's Avatar
smolck smolck is online now
ROLL TIDE!
Location: Birmingham, AL
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 22,348
Mein Auto: 2004 ZHP Sedan
Quote:
Originally Posted by jvr826 View Post
Timelapse video or it didn't happen.
Wish I could. What I can tell you is a week or so ago I redid my VANOS seals and I started at 5:15pm and was done before 6:30pm. I've gotten pretty good at the valve cover stuff.
__________________

Check out my YouTube Channel for DIY's and other fun stuff HERE
Check out my BMWBLOG!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fast Bob View Post
now, go burn your Man Card, and buy yourself a Camry....
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 10-02-2013, 05:48 PM
Fast Bob's Avatar
Fast Bob Fast Bob is online now
Keeping it surreal
Location: Here, there, everywhere....
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 34,400
Mein Auto: 2004 330Ci ZHP 3 pedals
Quote:
Originally Posted by smolck View Post
Wish I could. What I can tell you is a week or so ago I redid my VANOS seals and I started at 5:15pm and was done before 6:30pm. I've gotten pretty good at the valve cover stuff.
I have a suspicion that just from sheer repetition, Smolck`s normal pace for this job looks like time-lapse photography to the rest of us mere mortals....
__________________
The road goes ever onward....
(R.I.P. Jever)

*Please support the Wounded Warrior Project*

When faced with choosing between two evils, always go with the one you`ve never tried before....
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 10-06-2013, 01:57 PM
terry740 terry740 is offline
Registered User
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 15
Mein Auto: 1994 740il
might as well

throw in an alternator while you're at it (depending on your mileage) lol
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E46 (1999 - 2006)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms