Vanos.......

Discussion in 'E36 / E30 FAQ' started by steviet, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. 6 Jan 2014 at 1:34 PM #1
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    Guys,

    Ive recently come back from a few weeks away and noticed a bit of a noise from the front end of the engine, sounds pretty textbook VANOS from the research I've done, but haven't heard many S50B32's in the metal so i thought id post some videos up and see what everyone thinks...

    Cold- http://vimeo.com/83445418

    Hot- http://vimeo.com/83445226

    There appears to be some leakage from the drivers side solenoid cover too, which I've tried to show.

    This thread also makes me wonder if a new seal kit is really going to sort it-

    http://forums.m3cutters.co.uk/showthread.php?t=88159&highlight=vanos

    Anyway, is there a reputable seal kit out there, as there seems to be a fair few people selling them, wouldn't want to put any old rubbish in and have to pull the solenoids a few weeks down the road!
    Also, does anyone have a link to a good comprehensive how to for the seals?

    Cheers,
    Steve.
     
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    Cheers, I ended up going for a re-con unit fitted by Mr Vanos. Fair chunk of cash but sounds spot on now (apart from the leaking exhaust fleet) and goes fine.
     
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    Can I ask how much money fitted?
     
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    £900 as I recall. Thats for a fully re-furbed VANOS unit, fitted and tested. Comes with a 2 year warranty if your using 5W40 oil, he reckons 10W60 is too think and bursts seals...
     
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    Thanks. That's a bit more than I expected - was sure that they were c£600 fitted. Chattan told me on here than 10W60 can cause prob's and 5W40 is the right choice, which I was relieved to hear as the info I had with the car all showed 5W40 useage recently! Do you know if 5W40 was the original specification?
     
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    Not a clue, I wasn't driving 17 years ago!
    I think the general consensus is 5W40 for road, 10W50 or 10W60 for track cars (which probably need the extra protection elsewhere in the engine as opposed to the ideal for the VANOS).... Ester based, i.e Fuchs Pro or Castrol. There are a load of threads about it. Iain, mpow3r, The Ti, Tris, tshirt and chat tan all seem fairly clued up on it all...
     
  8. 11 Mar 2014 at 6:06 PM #8
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    Steve,

    See my thread on replacing solenoid seals: http://forums.m3cutters.co.uk/showthread.php?t=92321

    Cheers
    Andrew
     
  9. 11 Mar 2014 at 7:49 PM #9
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    There's a guy on bmwowner who sells the seal kit and anti rattle kit that biesen systems sell. I think he's there reseller in UK.

    Yes ester based 5w40 is best and most shear stable at high temps. Fuchs pro s is exceptionally good, maybe even best one of them all. I've used all different makes and Fuchs pro s is only one that reduces vanos noise. There's some magic sh11t in it lol

    BTW the only castrol oil with esters in it is edge 10w60, the 5w40 doesn't have esters.
     
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