Recalled: 156K N55 powered BMWs for VANOS issues
BMW is recalling 156,137 vehicles powered by 6 cylinder engines for issues with the VANOS bolts.
BMW has informed NHTSA of its intention to voluntarily recall approximately 156,137 model year 2010-12 vehicles in the US, equipped with inline 6-cylinder engines. In very rare cases the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing (VANOS) unit housing may become loose or, in extreme cases, break. If that happens, a "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" lamp will illuminate and a check control message will be displayed. If the operation of the VANOS unit is compromised, the engine will operate with reduced engine power in "safe mode". If ignored, the problem can become progressively worse, eventually leading to no start conditions, stalling and engine damage.
6 cylinder BMW's affected by the recall -
- 2010-12 1 Series
- 2010-12 3 Series
- 2010-2012 5 Series
- 2010-12 5 Series Gran Turismo
- 2012 6 Series
- 2010-2012 X3
- 2010-12 X5
- 2010-12 X6
- 2010-12 Z4
Drivers of potentially affected vehicles may continue to drive their vehicles, however, if they observe a "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" lamp and Check Control message warning, drivers should immediately contact their nearest authorized BMW center to arrange service. In the event of stalling, drivers should carefully move away from traffic and stop the vehicle in a safe location as soon as possible. They should contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269 to have the vehicle brought to the nearest authorized BMW center. They should not continue to drive their vehicle.
Owners of potentially affected vehicles will be contacted by BMW Customer Relations via first-class mail, to inform them of the recall and, when parts are available, will receive a second notification that will advise them to make an appointment with their authorized BMW center in order to have the repair made. Customers with questions should contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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