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BMW E46 M3 VANOS Units & Parts

BMW E46 M3 VANOS Units & Parts The BMW VANOS system (variable Nockenwellensteuerung - variable camshaft timing) was introduced in the early 1990s as a way of altering timing based on RPM and engine load to improve torque delivery, fuel economy, and engine smoothness. The first systems were single-VANOS and operated the intake cam only. Beginning in 1999, double-VANOS was introduced that did both intake and exhaust banks (on both inline-6 and V8 engines).

By 150,000 miles the original VANOS actuator solenoids, seals, and o-rings are usually due for a complete replacement. Some individual pieces may have been replaced already. Signs of a dying unit are loud marble-like rattles from the front of the engine, loss of power and mid-range torque, poor fuel economy, and fault codes for misfires and VANOS-related sensors. VANOS sensors, solenoids, and some other parts are available separately. VANOS units can be rebuilt by sourcing the seals and o-rings on their own but that process still requires expert mechanical knowledge and special tools. We prefer to offer complete, rebuilt VANOS units to make the replacement as seamless and trouble-free as possible for you.

Note: all VANOS systems require special tools for correct repair and replacement. These tools are BMW specific. If you do not possess these tools we strongly advise you to bring the parts to a qualified and experienced BMW technician who does.
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VANOS Solenoid Valve - E46 M3, Z3M(S54), Z4M This is the solenoid switch that activates the VAN0S system on the E46 M3 and Z3/Z4 M S54 engine. Without this switch activating (and de-activating) the VAN0S you will experience poor performance and torque output, worse fuel economy, fault codes for VAN0S operation and misfires. Thankfully, this part is relatively easy to replace and they generally last a long time. This is the Genuine BMW solenoid, not an overseas knockoff, so the quality is first-rate. This is the solenoid used on S54 engines.

If you are looking to install the VAN0S solenoid, you should also order the o-ring from the options below. Also check for leaks from the VAN0S oil line and seals. Now is a good time to access and replace it if it's leaking.

This solenoid valve fits the following BMWs:
2001-2006 E46 BMW M3
2001-2002 Z3 BMW M Roadster M Coupe - S54 engine
2006-2008 Z4 BMW M Roadster M Coupe
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VANOS Cover Gasket - E46 M3, MZ3, Z4 M This is the steel/rubber VANOS gasket between the VANOS unit and cylinder head. It's a must-have item when replacing the VANOS unit and also a potential leak point on the S54. The original gasket cannot be re-used so make sure you have a new one on hand.

When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2001-2006 E46 BMW M3
2001-2002 Z3 BMW Z3 M Roadster M Coupe
2003-2008 E85 BMW Z4 M Roadster M Coupe
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Genuine BMW Pressure Hose Assy - 11367837614 - E46 M3,E85 Z4

Replace your old, leaking VANOS oil pressure feed line to restore proper function and prevent potential failure.

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E46 M3,E85 Z4M

Fits BMW Engines including:
S54

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VANOS Sealing Plate Between Adjusting Unit and Solenoid - E46 M3, Z3M, Z4M This sealing flange is located between the VAN0S adjusting unit and the VAN0S solenoid on the S54 engine. It can be the source of oil leaks and should be replaced when the the VANOS solenoid is.

When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2001-2006 E46 BMW M3
2001-2002 Z3 BMW M Roadster M Coupe (S54)
2006-2008 E85 BMW Z4 M Roadster M Coupe
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ECS S54 VANOS Rebuild Kit - E46 M3, Z3, Z4

The main reason all of the VANOS units will eventually fail is because the material used for the sealing rings from the factory is not designed for that type of environment. When this happens the only option that BMW leaves you with is buying a new and expensive VANOS unit with the same sealing rings that failed in your original unit.

The VANOS system found in BMW engines is a great feature (when it’s working properly), keeping your power curve smooth and responsive especially in lower to mid RPM range. What usually goes unnoticed is the gradual loss of power within this range as the vehicle's age due to slowly failing seals within the VANOS unit. The way the VANOS system works is based off of oil pressure triggered by a solenoid that allows for a small range of timing degree adjustment, this is where the power curve is affected. When the seals begin to fail (all of them do) there is less pressure to advance the timing reducing the power in that low to mid range. Because this happens slowly it's very hard to notice a difference until you refresh your VANOS unit, then you easily realize the response you've been missing.

There are a number of symptoms that will plague your car as a result of these failing seals such as erratic idle, engine hesitation, stalling, and increased fuel consumption to name a few. If you've been chasing down any of these symptoms with no fix then this could be your issue.

While you're replacing the seals in your VANOS unit it a good time to install anti-rattle spacers to tighten up the gaps in your stock assembly and get rid of that noisy VANOS clatter.

Seals & O-rings:

The seals  were the main focus of this project since the OE units are built with Buna-N rubber o-rings instead of the ECS supplied Viton rubber o-rings. The Buna-N material quickly hardens from the heat and chemical exposure within the engine, where the Viton is significantly more resistant to these chemicals. This knowledge was also used when it came to the commonly failed o-rings found on the VANOS seal plate, replaced at the solenoid.

Rattle Repair:

When it comes to the VANOS rattle this is commonly described as "marbles in a can", and can be heard throughout the different RPM ranges depending on the engine. These upgraded rings and washers are precision ground from hardened steel to resist wear and deformation keeping your VANOS rattle free. The rattle repair tools are designed specifically for this VANOS anti-rattle repair, design from hardened steel to stand up to the job. Designed to perfectly follow the splines of the shaft for a tight grip when applying the necessary torque to disassemble & reassemble the VANOS transfer gear. The keyed socket was designed with the intent to use a "common" wrench so this can be completed at home in your garage.    

When Servicing your VANOS unit we recommend getting everything you need to replace on the way to service which includes an oil change and valve cover gasket set. Fresh oil and gaskets is the best way to start off a fresh rebuild of any kind giving you the maximum performance of your freshly serviced components.

Don't forget to check out our rebuild PDF to make sure you have everything to get the job done and eliminate the rebuild guess work.

 

This item fits the following BMWs: 
2000-2001 E46 3 Series M3 M3 Convertible 2000-2006 
2001-2002 Z3 Roadster / Coupe Z3 M Roadster Z3 M Coupe w S54 Engine 
2006-2008 E86 E86 Z4 Z4 M Roadster Z4 M Coupe

 

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VANOS Oil Pressure Valve for S54 - E46 M3, MZ3, Z4 M The engine oil is the blood of the VAN0S system. Without a strong flow of oil, the VAN0S will ultimately fail. Oiling problems killed a lof of the VAN0S units on previous BMW engines. - don't let it happen to your S54. Proper maintenance will avoid a costly repair bill in the future. Replacement VAN0S units are over $2500! Replacing the filter or this entire pressure valve is the smart step to take. This is a new oil pressure valve with new seals and a new filter.

When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.

Applications:
2001-2002 Z3 M Coupe, M Roadster with S54 engine
2001-2006 E46 M3 coupe, convertible
2006-2009 Z4 M Coupe, M Roadster
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Fillister Head Screw / Updated S54 VANOS Mounting Bolt 07129905536 This M6x16 mounting screw is used throughout the BMW model range on a variety of components. Most importantly, this is the latest updated version of the cam sprocket mounting bolt used in the E46 M3 S54 engine (and MZ3 and Z4 M). The original VAN0S-cam gear mounting bolts are known for weakness and a sheared bolt will quickly lead to VAN0S or terminal engine failure. 12 are required for S54 VAN0S bolt replacement (6 per cam sprocket). All other quantities vary based on application.

When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.
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Genuine BMW VANOS Variable Timing Solenoid Valve - E46 M3, Z3M (S54), Z4M This is the solenoid switch that activates the VAN0S system on the E46 M3 and Z3/Z4 M S54 engine. Without this switch activating (and de-activating) the VAN0S you will experience poor performance and torque output, worse fuel economy, fault codes for VAN0S operation and misfires. Thankfully, this part is relatively easy to replace and they generally last a long time. This is the Genuine BMW solenoid, not an overseas knockoff, so the quality is first-rate. This is the solenoid used on S54 engines.

When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.

If you are looking to install the VAN0S solenoid, you should also order the o-ring from the options below. Also check for leaks from the VAN0S oil line and seals. Now is a good time to access and replace it if it's leaking.

This solenoid valve fits the following BMWs:
2001-2006 E46 BMW M3
2001-2002 Z3 BMW M Roadster M Coupe - S54 engine
2006-2008 Z4 BMW M Roadster M Coupe
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Timing Chain Guide, Upper - E46 M3, Z3 S54, Z4 M This is a plastic guide rail for the timing chain on the E46 M3, MZ3 S54, and Z4 M (all S54 cars). We have found that on high mileage engines this plastic piece has worn down, especially at the tip. If allowed to completely wear out it could lead to some very bad engine damage as the timing chain flops about and maybe even jumps teeth on the camshafts or crank gear. When replacing the S54 VANOS unit you should also replace this guide rail which is located close-by. A new crush washer is included.

When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2001-2006 E46 BMW M3
2001-2002 Z3 BMW Z3 M Roadster M Coupe
2006-2008 E85 BMW Z4 M Roadster M Coupe
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VANOS Filter for S54 Engine - E46 M3, MZ3, Z4 M The S54 engine uses BMW's VANOS variable-valve timing mechanism. There is a filter inside the oil pressure valve that prevents contaminents from lodging in the system. Replacing or cleaning the filter is simple insurance to prevent VANOS failure. And a clean filter allows oil to pass unobstructed, meaning more efficient VANOS operation. This tiny filter slips on the end of the oil pressure valve, located on the side of the VANOS unit. Kit includes part numbers 11361401971, 11311318659, and 11361403325. Replacement is a simple procedure with new o-rings included .

When doing any sort of repair or maintenance there is no replacement for genuine factory parts. Turner Motorsport carries the Genuine BMW brand with pride and has the parts you need to complete your next project with confidence.

Applications:
2001-2002 Z3 M Coupe, M Roadster with S54 engine
2001-2006 E46 M3 coupe, convertible
2006-2009 Z4 M Coupe, M Roadster
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Genuine BMW VANOS Filter Cartridge 11361401971

Located at the end of the pressure limiting valve. This prevents contaminants from damaging the VANOS system.

GENUINE BMW VANOS FILTER CARTRIDGE

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Elring VANOS Gasket - S54 3.2L

If your VANOS system is leaking, replace the gasket to restore the tight seal. An oil leak here will cause a significant amount of oil to leak down the front of the engine and if isn't fixed, could potentially lead to issues with the VANOS system itself.

Elring is one of the biggest OEM names in the manufacturing of high quality gaskets that are available for very affordable prices. Elring has supplied many automotive names for years with the gaskets that seal your car's components from day 1 so you can rest assured that these components will last for a long time to come!

Fits these BMW engines:
S54 3.2L

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ECS Upgraded Viton VANOS Seal Plate Kit - E46 M3 Z3M Z4M S54

Long lasting alternative for sealing plate 11367831906. This sealing flange is located between the VAN0S adjusting unit and the VAN0S solenoid on the S54 engine. It can be the source of oil leaks and should be replaced when the the VAN0S solenoid is.


This item fits the following BMWs:
2001-2006 E46 BMW M3
2001-2002 Z3 BMW M Roadster M Coupe (S54)
2006-2008 E85 BMW Z4 M Roadster M Coupe

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