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E46 Cylinder Head and VANOS Tools

If you are delving into a VANOS service, cylinder head service, timing chain service, head gasket replacement, or any timing work, having the proper tools are completely required. Precise digital torque wrenches, locking tools, alignment gauges, and all the necessary tools for servicing your BMW engine are listed on this page. Complete the job with the tools chosen by professionals to service your BMW the proper way.
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Schwaben BMW Vanos Adjustment Wrench Having this tool allows for proper installation of a new or rebuilt VANOS unit for your BMW. This could make all the difference on how your car is going to run once it is all put back together.
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Part #: 023608SCH01A
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Brownline Digital Torque Angle Gauge

Measure torque angle settings with high accuracy (+/- 2% max) with the Brownline Digital Torque Angle Gauge.
 

Features:

  • The Brown Line Digital Angle Gauge allows you to easily measure angular rotation for torque-to-yield and torque angle applications 
  • Utilizing a V-channel and magnets, it quickly attaches to the handle of any standard ratchet, wrench, or breaker bar, and it works on any size drive—1/4”, 3/8”, ½”, ¾”, &1 
  • Built-in feature allows the user to keep track of angular rotation even when using a ratchet 
  • Measures angular rotation with accuracy of +/- 2% 
  • Large backlit digital display shows current angle 
  • Intuitive design makes operation simple 
  • LEDs and digital display provide visual feedback 
  •  Audible feedback when target angle is reached 
  •  Automatically powers off not in use for 2 minutes 
  • Low battery indicator
  • Requires two AAA batteries ( not included)
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S54 Valve Shim Installation Tool - E46 M3, Z3M, Z4M This is the genuine BMW valve shim installer tool with magnet.

This item fits the following BMWs:
2001-2006 E46 BMW M3, M3 Convertible
2001-2002 Z3 BMW M Roadster M Coupe
2006-2008 Z4 BMW Z4 M Roadster M Coupe
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Schwaben Locking Hose Pinch-Off Pliers Pliers have adequate clamping force to seal large or pressurized cooling system hoses. These pliers are great for clamping shut most hoses. Swivel jaws ensure even clamping force. 
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Rod Bolt Stretch Gauge with Billet Body & Thumb Hold We highly recommend using a stretch gauge when installing rod bolts and other fasteners, where it is possible to measure the length of the fastener. It is the most accurate way of measuring preload of any bolt. Simply follow manufacturer's instructions, or use the chart in the ARP catalog for ARP rod bolts.When using a stretch gauge it's best to measure the fastener prior to starting and monitor overall length during installation. When the bolt has stretched a specified amount, the correct preload or clamping force has been applied. We recommend that you maintain a chart of all rod bolts and make a note of the fastener length prior to installation and after any disassembly. If there is a permanent increase of .0005? or more in length, there is a deformation and the bolt should be replaced.
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Schwaben 1/2

Looking to update your old torque wrenches? The Schwaben 3/8" Drive Digital Torque Wrench is your answer. 

This digital torque wrench uses an easy-to-read display to show torque amounts and settings, features a push button release, reversible 3/8" drive, 45 tooth ratchet head, and a comfortable no-slip grip and adjustment wheel.

Specifications:

  • Setting Range: 45-220 ft lbs (60-300 Nm)
  • Display Units: ft-lbs, N-m, Inch-lbs, cm-kg2, and m-kg
  • Size: 22" (550mm) length for easy leverage
  • Accuracy: +- 3%
  • Include blow molded holding case
  • Requires one 3V CR2030 battery (included)
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Schwaben 7mm Hose Clamp Flexible Driver

Makes those hard to reach hose clamps much easier to loosen up.

Features:

  • 7mm driver
  • 6"  flex shaft
  • Overall length of 10-1/2"
  • No-slip grip resistant to wet or oil coated hands

 

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Ultimate Schwaben S54 Camshaft Alignment Tool Kit

This gauge ensures that the inlet and exhaust cams are aligned perfectly. Make sure the edges are on the correct sides of the cylinder head before using.

Includes two alignment pin's which is ideal for inspection and servicing the motor with the timing chain still attached. If you are going to be removing the timing chain for service, you will need to lock both cams. 

The Ultimate kit includes every thing the standard kit does along with, a second alignment bridge, flywheel lock pin, VANOS alignment tools. and 4 bolt crank socket.

This tool fits all S54 powered BMW, including: 
2001-2006 E46 BMW M3
2001-2002 E36/7 BMW Z3M Coupe Z3M Roadster
2006-2008 E85/6 BMW Z4M Coupe Z4M Roadster
 

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Schwaben 8mm Hose Clamp Flexible Driver

Schwaben has a solution to those hard to reach hose clamps with 8mm hex nuts. This 8mm driver features an overall length of 10-1/2" and a flex shaft length of 6". The ergonomic handle features a non-slip grip for when your hands are oily or wet.

8mm/ 5/16" are commonly found on aftermarket hose clamps. 

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Schwaben 3/8

Looking to update your old torque wrenches? The Schwaben 3/8" Drive Digital Torque Wrench is your answer. 

This digital torque wrench uses an easy-to-read display to show torque amounts and settings, features a push button release, reversible 3/8" drive, 45 tooth ratchet head, and a comfortable no-slip grip and adjustment wheel.

Specifications:

  • Setting Range: 15-80 ft lbs (20-110 Nm)
  • Display Units: ft-lbs, N-m, Inch-lbs, cm-kg2, and m-kg
  • Size: 16" (370mm) length
  • Accuracy: +- 3%
  • Include blow molded holding case
  • Requires one 3V CR2030 battery (included)
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Astro Pneumatic
Part #: AST9409A
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Schwaben Black Mechanics Work Gloves - Large

Perfect for any job when it comes to keeping your hands clean and protected.

Features:

  • High dexterity
  • Elastic hook and loop strap
  • Textured latex finger tips for grip
  • Breathable material
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Head Bolt E12 Torx Socket With Extension (3/8 Drive) The head bolts on some BMW engines are buried under cam trays, oil lines, and other pieces within the head. A normal Torx socket bit will not clear which can leave you in a bind. That's why BMW developed this tool. It's the standard E12 female Torx at the end but has a thin wall design and the shaft stays narrow all the way to the 3/8 drive fitting. Fits any BMW engine that uses the E12 Torx head bolts, but especially M50, S50US, M52, S52, M52TU, and M54 engines where the head bolts are inaccessible.

Note: removing the cam trays allows access to the valvetrain to inspect for wear. Things like the keepers, valve spring retainers, and the camshafts themselves all suffer from wear and should be inspected when access allows.
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Schwaben Black Mechanics Work Gloves - Medium

Perfect for any job when it comes to keeping your hands clean and protected.

Features:

  • High dexterity
  • Elastic hook and loop strap
  • Textured latex finger tips for grip
  • Breathable material

 

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Part #: 010337SCH01A
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Schwaben Mechanics Stethoscope

This tool is ideal for finding unusual vibrations or suspected leaks. 

Features:

  • Aluminum alloy probe to determine noise location fast
  • Rubber trumpet to check for vacuum leaks and pressure flow noise
  • High quality surgical PCV hose for long life and increased sound definition
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Part #: 005965SCH01A
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Schwaben S54 Valve Shim Installation Tool - E46 M3, Z3M, Z4M The S54 engine is a great engine when it come to performance, but keeping up on the maintenance for the performance means valve shim adjustments regularly. While the job is not very difficult the fear of dropping shims in the engine can be stressful. The magnetic valve shim tool will allow you to set the shims in place without having this fear.
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M52TU, M54 CAMSHAFT HELIX ALIGNMENT TOOL When installing an aftermarket camshafts into a M52TU, M54 engine you need to remove the helix from the stock camshafts and install it on the new camshafts. But the helix does need to be installed with the proper orientation. The proper helix to camshaft placement is important for timing. We developed this tool that does both intake and exhaust camshafts.

Clickhere for installation instructions.

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Schwaben Locking Hose Clamp Pliers

These Schwaben flexible reach hose clamp pliers can reach where others can not.

Feature:

  • Spring loaded clamp with a 24" cable
  • Designed to remove metal or plastic self-tightening hose clamps
  • Work with diameters from 11/16" to 2-1/2" ( 18 to 54mm)

These pliers feature a spring loaded clamp with a 24" cable and will lock onto the clamp and hold open for easy removal. These pliers are designed to remove metal or plastic self-tightening hose clamps with diameters from 11/16" to 2-1/2" ( 18 to 54mm).

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Schwaben BMW Oil Line Disconnect Tool

Designed to work with the difficult to release oil lines on BMW. Seals can easily be damaged if not released properly. Small overall design allows tool to work in hard to reach areas tool. 

Features:

  • Made from aluminum for strong durable use
  •  Red anodized finish
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Schwaben Wire Crimper/Stripper Pliers

All the features you could ask for from electrical pliers.

Features:

  • Crimp & Strip 10 to 22 gauge
  • Wire & Bolt cutter
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Part #: 010840SCH01A
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Schwaben 9 Piece Scraper, Hook And Pick Set

Some of the most popular  uses are carbon cleaning/scraping, picking out o-rings, snap rings and clips.This kit features large and small picks, hooks and a 1" wide scraper. This 9pc set should be part of everyone's tool assortment.

Features:

  •  3" Blade MINI Awl, 90°, Hook, and Curve
  • 6" Blade Awl, 90°, Hook, and Curve
  •  6" x 1" wide scraper
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Part #: 008504SCH01A
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Schwaben Open Barrel Crimping/Stripping Pliers

This Schwaben Crimping/Stripping 8 in 1 pliers feature:

  • 10" long handles
  • Rubber grip on handle
  • End wire cutter
  • Non Insulated crimper for 0.5, 2.5 and 4-6 
  • Open barrel non insulated for 1.5, 2.5 and 4-6
  • Insulated terminal 2.5-6MM, 1.5-2.5MM , 0.5-1.5MM
  • Wire stripper for AWG , 20,22,18.16,14,12,10
  • Bolt cutter size M2.6, M4, M5, M3.5, M3
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Genuine BMW Union - 83300491087 Genuine BMW UNION
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Part #: 83300491087
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Schwaben Black Mechanics Work Gloves - XXL

Perfect for any job when it comes to keeping your hands clean and protected.

Features:

  • High dexterity
  • Elastic hook and loop strap
  • Textured latex finger tips for grip
  • Breathable material
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Part #: 010337SCH04A
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Schwaben Telescoping Round Mirror

Great for working in tight spacers when you can't get a good eye on the issue.

 

Features:

 

  • Offers an 9-1/2" to 29" extendable handle with a stainless steel shaft
  • 2-1/4" mirror head mounted on a dual swivel for a full 360 degree rotation
  • Cushion grip rubber handle works great with dry or oily hands
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Part #: 010772SCH01a
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Schawaben Camshaft Timing Tool - M50 M52 S50 S52 M42 M44

If you have ever attempted to do a valve job or cylinder head gasket project on an M42, M44, M50, or M52 engine you know that the repair manual will refer to the special BMW timing tool kit. This tool kit includes a flywheel locating lock pin, and a special set of camshaft locators that lock the cams in a precise location. The tools are very easy to install. The kit is specifically designed to hold the engine and cams in proper timing during the cylinder head removal and re installation process. This avoids the chance of bending the valves doing the head install process. The precision ground holding blocks lock over the square ends of both intake and exhaust cams. The CNC machined flywheel locating pin passes through a hole in the rear of the engine block and passed through a machined hole in the flywheel.

To avoid improper cam timing on the latest BMW engines, the factory has devised a cam timing system that locks the crankshaft and cams into a specific position prior to cylinder head removal. This method was devised to avoid any misalignment, resulting in piston to valve damage. Unfortunately without these tools re-timing the camshafts after a valve job is almost impossible. The factory specification manual does not supply installation specifications. This cam timing kit includes all the necessary components to do the job.

This item fits the following BMWs:
1990-1991 E30 BMW 318i 318is 318ic
1992-1998 E36 BMW 318i 318is 318ti 318ic 323is 323ic 325i 325is 325ic 328i 328is 328ic M3
1999-2005 E46 BMW 323i 323ci 325i 325ci 325xi 328i 328ci 330i 330ci 330xi


NOTE: Not compatible with S50B30 and S50B32 Euro engines!If you have ever attempted to do a valve job or cylinder head gasket project on an M42, M44, M50, or M52 engine you know that the repair manual will refer to the special BMW timing tool kit. This tool kit includes a flywheel locating lock pin, and a special set of camshaft locators that lock the cams in a precise location. The tools are very easy to install. The kit is specifically designed to hold the engine and cams in proper timing during the cylinder head removal and re installation process. This avoids the chance of bending the valves doing the head install process. The precision ground holding blocks lock over the square ends of both intake and exhaust cams. The CNC machined flywheel locating pin passes through a hole in the rear of the engine block and passed through a machined hole in the flywheel.

 

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Part #: 003304SCH01A
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Schwaben 6mm Hose Clamp Flexible Driver

Makes those hard to reach hose clamps much easier to loosen up.

Features:

  • 6mm driver
  • 6"  flex shaft
  • Overall length of 10-1/2"
  • No-slip grip resistant to wet or oil coated hands

 

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Gear Wrench Angled Hose Clip Pliers

Gear Wrench Angled Flat Band Hose Pliers part #:KDT-3977

  • Use pliers to remove and install flat-type hose clamps in hidden and hard-to-reach areas. 
  •  This tool is a variation of our popular 3976 Flat Band Hose Clamp Pliers and features 45º jaws with swivel tips to grip at any angle and pliers that latch securely in position. 
  •  Improved Spring Mechanisms is longer lasting and more durable 
  •  25% thicker gauge steel for stronger force without bending 
  •  Thicker Double Dipped Handle for greater comfort and Strength
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Part #: KDT3977
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Schwaben S54 Camshaft Alignment Tool Kit

This gauge ensures that the inlet and exhaust cams are aligned perfectly. Make sure the edges are on the correct sides of the cylinder head before using.

Includes two alignment pins which is ideal for inspection and servicing the motor with the timing chain still attached. If you are going to be removing the timing chain for service, you will need to lock both cams.

This tool fits all S54 powered BMW, including: 
2001-2006 E46 BMW M3
2001-2002 E36/7 BMW Z3M Coupe Z3M Roadster
2006-2008 E85/6 BMW Z4M Coupe Z4M Roadster
 

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Part #: 020942SCH01A
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Schwaben Telescoping Rectangular Mirror This rectangular mirror offers an 11" to 30 extendable handle with a stainless steel shaft, plus a 3.5" x 2" mirror head mounted on a dual swivel for a full 360 degree rotation. Cushion grip rubber handle works great with dry or oily hands. Easily locate hiding hardware.
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Schwaben Remote Starter Switch

Great for compression tests, aligning timing marks, belt installation and much more.

Features:

  • High 20 amp rating.
  • 5 ft heavy duty leads.
  • Convenient hot circuit indicator light.
  • Non-slip rubber grip.

 

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Part #: 010611SCH01A
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VANOS Solenoid 32mm Socket - E39 540i, E38 740i, E53 X5 4.4 (M62TU) On the M62TU engine the VAN0S solenoids on both banks are buried behind the timing covers. This makes it impossible to use a wrench on them. They're also an extra-large 32mm hex size which most people won't have in their toolbox. This socket is the factory BMW tool for removing the solenoids in the M62TU. It's a thin wall for easy access in the timing cover and a 1/2" drive.

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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Schwaben Black Mechanics Work Gloves - XL

Perfect for any job when it comes to keeping your hands clean and protected.

Features:

  • High dexterity
  • Elastic hook and loop strap
  • Textured latex finger tips for grip
  • Breathable material
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