people here seemed to have DIY'ed many 528i's but not many 530i's. At what mileage and age is it recommended for the 530i. I have 76,101 meticulously maintaned miles.
Really, the only seals are the ones from Rajae. You can't buy just the seals from BMW, you have to buy the whole VANOS for ~$1,500. Whenever you see people discussing VANOS seals, they're referring to these:Which is the best seal for the 530 I was thinking along of doing this to my car as well when I do the coolant overhaul
I believe I spent, $65 for the seals, and less than $10 for the VANOS gasket and washers. I had just had my valve cover gasket changed so I was able to reuse it. Additionally, I spent $40 in special tools and materials like RTV sealant, coolant, oil, Brakleen, PB Blaster, shop towels, etc., which can all be used again. I helped la528it change his VANOS seals, and it took us a little less than 5 hours. I can totally help you out. Let's talk this Saturday at the meet! Really, once it's done it's not that intimidating.PJ,
how much total did you spend to do your seals? Wanna help me do mine?
It's ok!Thought about it all day and the only thing I could come up with Brian is --go for it
you'll be kicking yourself later for not doing the seal change earlier.