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  DIY - Replacing Camshaft VANOS Solenoid
orionredwing
02-07-2011
This DIY explains how to replace the VANOS Solenoid, with failure commonly detected through the following codes.

2A82 Inlet-Vanos variable cam control test
2A87 Outlet-Vanos variable cam control test
3100 boost-pressure control, deactivation
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By firechicken99 on 06-30-2011, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Samuel L Jackson View Post
Thanks for the DIY. Had this issue with my car yesterday. It only has 40k miles on it and was idling really rough, took it to the dealer and they replaced it. Even though it was under warranty, I was curious and asked how much it cost. SA said probably around $2000 to fix.......can you believe that??????
are you kidding me?? 220 in parts and a half hour of labor??!!! WOW
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By ENINTY on 07-04-2011, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Samuel L Jackson View Post
Thanks for the DIY. Had this issue with my car yesterday. It only has 40k miles on it and was idling really rough, took it to the dealer and they replaced it. Even though it was under warranty, I was curious and asked how much it cost. SA said probably around $2000 to fix.......can you believe that??????
I doubt the SA new what he/she was talking about. $2K would be a cam replacement.
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By Samuel L Jackson on 07-05-2011, 01:38 AM
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I doubt the SA new what he/she was talking about. $2K would be a cam replacement.
You would be surprised, this particular dealer is just a plain rip off compared to other BMW dealers. They charge 2-3 times the rate of other dealers in the region. For example, they wanted $1200 for a transmission fluid/filter change while the dealer I regularly go to quoted $550. I only went to this dealer because I was stuck on the road and this was the closest one.
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By firechicken99 on 07-10-2011, 06:16 PM
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I threw an intake vanos code last week and felt at 69K, my mods, and what ive heard about the solenoids it would be good practice to replace both. (especially since they are relatively inexpensive compared (210 total) compared to other things ive had to replace...

This work is EASY. It was even more convenient I was putting my Procede back in so the cowl had to come off anyways.

DEFINITELY good practice to replace one at a time, I did the bottom first, then top. Barely any oil dripped out.

NOTE: I have an 07 335i N54 and it was definitely NOT necessary to remove the snorkel. PLENTY of room to get the bolts/parts out with an 8mm long socket and a 3/8 wrench, and my hands are not small!
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By Vmax222 on 07-11-2011, 11:01 AM
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did i see the fault codes in the secret hidden BC menu (hidden menu 14)?
Or have i go to the dealer.

My dealer found an 2A82 in the past, but i want to check now by myself if this error happened again.
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By ENINTY on 07-14-2011, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by firechicken99 View Post
I threw an intake vanos code last week and felt at 69K, my mods, and what ive heard about the solenoids it would be good practice to replace both. (especially since they are relatively inexpensive compared (210 total) compared to other things ive had to replace...

This work is EASY. It was even more convenient I was putting my Procede back in so the cowl had to come off anyways.

DEFINITELY good practice to replace one at a time, I did the bottom first, then top. Barely any oil dripped out.

NOTE: I have an 07 335i N54 and it was definitely NOT necessary to remove the snorkel. PLENTY of room to get the bolts/parts out with an 8mm long socket and a 3/8 wrench, and my hands are not small!
Just to catch up on this, I really think it is better to just remove them, clean them with electronics cleaner and shop air, then reinstall them in the opposite locations. I really can't see these parts being subject to wear to the point where they become defective; I think they just get dirty. I cleaned and swapped mine over 5,000 miles ago and have not had the codes reocurr. If it doesn't work, then go get the new parts and replace. The work is so easy it's worth trying the cleaning procedure first before spending the $210 for new parts. My car has 149K on it by the way. Just my 2 cents.
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By firechicken99 on 07-14-2011, 07:17 AM
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Its definite worth a Shot. It's a little late.for.me to go that route but my car is running great so Im satisfied with the results
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By hoopvillian on 07-14-2011, 05:36 PM
Any point in doing a preemptive cleaning on these? Or do you guys think this is something you can wait and see if it throws a code.
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By firechicken99 on 07-14-2011, 05:59 PM
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While I agree with entity and it makes sense, into more do so successfully I think its kind of up in the air. For you I personally think if it ain't broke don't fix it. But Idk
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By robbie211 on 07-16-2011, 02:55 PM
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Thanks for putting this together I just changed my exhaust solenoid that went bad. Took me 30 minutes after reading through the thread.
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By ovaltine224 on 08-09-2011, 03:29 PM
very useful and well written DIY...job takes almost 10mins
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By DAKH1 on 08-28-2011, 07:07 PM
Thanks for the write up! Had been throwing some vanos codes along with some hesitation when accelerating hard. Hardest part of the removal was the bolts holding the solenoid in place, had to work around the two hoses and my hand kept hitting the radiator fan shroud. I was afraid I would lose the bolt so it is a good idea to have a rag underneath to catch if the bolt is dropped. I also used csc electronics cleaner with the a can of compressed air to clean instead of replacing the part. So far so good on the acceleration, no limp mode, codes, or hesitation.
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By 335i 07 on 08-30-2011, 04:45 PM
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Great to hear the faults were eliminated with this fix. My solenoids will be here Friday. I hope it doesn't turn out to be the ledger. Thats gonna cost me $600 with parts and a N54 timing kit. I will repost after install with results. Wish me luck
I changed both the intake and exhaust solenoids and the code hasn't repeated for 2 months.
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By etichi on 09-03-2011, 02:51 PM
I am getting 2A82 every once in a while. Under WOT the car seems to hiccup around 3700 rpms. Is this a symptom of the solenoid going bad?
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By ENINTY on 09-08-2011, 10:09 PM
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So just to update everyone, it's been over 9,000 miles since I cleaned and swapped the positions of mine had have not had one reoccurance of the problem.
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By firechicken99 on 09-08-2011, 11:13 PM
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Good to know!
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By yokono_unit on 10-12-2011, 02:20 AM
Was throwing a 2A87 code. Im running JB4 tune and everytime I would go WOT and then let off it would go into limp mode, half engine. Followed this DIY cleaned both solenoids with carb cleaner and compressed air, also cleaned the contacts with contact cleaner. Needless to say the problem is gone. I have been trying to replicate the issue to no avail. Looks like it took care of my problem...
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By GRLPWR on 10-14-2011, 06:44 PM
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It's so easy, even a female can do it!!! lol I cleaned and swapped them around. Will have to wait until tomorrow's long-distance drive to see if it's gonna cure my codes.Thank you so much for this DIY!
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By axi005 on 11-02-2011, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by orionredwing View Post
My symptoms were mild. Every once in awhile, under WOT, this code would throw, causing the half engine light / limp mode to come up. For me, it only occurred occasionally under WOT like after 10-20 mins of continuous redlines (aka on the track). For more serious cases, some people have reported it triggers everytime they go WOT.

Basically, you're accelerating hard, it triggers, and you go into limp mode until you reset your car. Nothing else happens. Sometimes, it would cause misfires, and your car would shudder until you pull over and reset.
what do you mean exactly by reset, my friends car does this and im trying to help him out. thanks
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By firechicken99 on 11-02-2011, 10:40 PM
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what do you mean exactly by reset, my friends car does this and im trying to help him out. thanks
Aka turn the car off and turn it back on...
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By axi005 on 11-04-2011, 03:14 PM
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Thanks i appreciate the reply "my bad for the noob question"
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By BAL278 on 11-10-2011, 08:08 PM
Thanks for this DIY.. Came in handy
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