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      07-19-2013, 07:48 AM   #23
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      07-19-2013, 07:49 AM   #24
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I dont, but the basic instructions are the following:

Remove hood cowling, cabin air filter, and two sensors on each side of car.

Remove intake (if stock), then remove engine cover. Locate two braided vacuum hoses routed perpendicular to engine cover, and passing right next to oil filter.

Cut the ends of the old vacuum lines lengthwise approx 3/4 of an inch from the end of the line past the nipple on each side to remove them. Be careful not to cut other lines. Do them one at a time to avoid crossing the lines. Replace them with 3mm turbosmart silicone lines or equivalent.

It took me 20 mins to do today at a leisurely pace. Daunting for beginners, but quite simple if you're used to it.
Are the turbo smart silicone lines more robust and or heat resistant compared to the oem rubber? Thinking about do this as a preventative maintenance a few thousand miles before i hit the 40k mark.
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      07-19-2013, 12:30 PM   #25
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Are the turbo smart silicone lines more robust and or heat resistant compared to the oem rubber? Thinking about do this as a preventative maintenance a few thousand miles before i hit the 40k mark.
Yes and yes
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Nice!

And that was some awful 800 dollar r@pe the dealer tried to pull
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      07-19-2013, 02:08 PM   #28
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So 3mm vacuum hose? I read in another thread to use 4mm.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...=546560&page=5
OEM is 3mm. It honestly won't kill the car if you use 4mm though. I'd recommend sticking with OEM sizes but if that's not possible, it won't make your car combust or die.

aAso, the silicone is more heat resistant and definitely more resilient. I demonstrated to Ron how brittle the old hoses become, they almost become like weak cardboard. You can literally bend them with less force than it takes to break a pencil with and they snap in half. The silicone is a nice upgrade and can serve as engine dress up too if you do with different colored lines.
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      07-19-2013, 02:42 PM   #29
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thats great dude and i actually am having that issue with my car. dnt kno how much they want to charge me tho because i have extended warranty. but like others have said its great to see forum member like that helping each other.
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      07-19-2013, 02:54 PM   #30
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+1 to most of the comments here - this is what I enjoy reading on the forums. Enthusiasts helping each other. Can't wait to see the next, "I'm 16 and just got a 335i" thread.
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OEM is 3mm. It honestly won't kill the car if you use 4mm though. I'd recommend sticking with OEM sizes but if that's not possible, it won't make your car combust or die.

aAso, the silicone is more heat resistant and definitely more resilient. I demonstrated to Ron how brittle the old hoses become, they almost become like weak cardboard. You can literally bend them with less force than it takes to break a pencil with and they snap in half. The silicone is a nice upgrade and can serve as engine dress up too if you do with different colored lines.
Thanks! Good to know! I'll probably be doing it soon. Working on installing my meth kit this weekend.
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thats great dude and i actually am having that issue with my car. dnt kno how much they want to charge me tho because i have extended warranty. but like others have said its great to see forum member like that helping each other.
Vacuum hoses aren't covered under warranty. I have a cpo
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o ok but they dnt cost much anyway right? $40-$50 tops?
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Wow what a nice dude! I wonder if he can help me do my oil pan gasket fix of course I'd pay up that's a lot of hours...my mechanic is asking $800 and that's like dealer price.
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Definitely news worthy! Thanks for sharing, we need more people like Alex
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Wow what a nice dude! I wonder if he can help me do my oil pan gasket fix of course I'd pay up that's a lot of hours...my mechanic is asking $800 and that's like dealer price.
I'll look into it. Next time I'm down there I could probably figure out if it's a decent DIY job. I think it might be feasible but I needa look into it before I say yes or no 100%
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I'll look into it. Next time I'm down there I could probably figure out if it's a decent DIY job. I think it might be feasible but I needa look into it before I say yes or no 100%
I figured it shouldn't be too hard either and I'm not sure why he wanted to charge $800, I mean it wouldn't take 8 hours to do right? Anyways that sounds good dude just let me know!!
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I couldn't in good conscience take any payment for what amounted to me chilling with a fellow enthusiast and using some of my leftover parts to get it boosting again. I don't know how dealers sleep at night trying to rape people to the tune of 800 bucks for a simple fix.

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I figured it shouldn't be too hard either and I'm not sure why he wanted to charge $800, I mean it wouldn't take 8 hours to do right? Anyways that sounds good dude just let me know!!
I'm sure it's not an 800 dollar job but I wanna make sure I have torque specs and know part numbers and all that. I would hate to dive into a project headfirst on someone else's car only to exhaust my mechanical abilities halfway through the project.


I have a sneaking suspicion it's gonna be similar to replacing a clutch cover on a bike but I don't wanna maim an oil sensor or pump in the process.
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o ok but they dnt cost much anyway right? $40-$50 tops?

$20 tops
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This guy went out of his way to help me out and I would just like to give him a personal shout out to the forum.

Long story short

Dealership wanted to charge me $800 to replace vacuum hoses on my 335i

Alex Pm stating that he would do it for me. We met up in Newport and at first I was a little concern because it seemed to good to be true.

Not only did he fix the problem he showed me the basics around the engine bay and refused to take any type of cash from me...

This guy is awesome!!

Thanks once again.
Im amazed that BMW quoted you 800 for a 1hr job at most. Imean labor charges was what 750/hr??
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Im amazed that BMW quoted you 800 for a 1hr job at most. Imean labor charges was what 750/hr??
hum seems right on the money. normal dealership rates
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I'm sure it's not an 800 dollar job but I wanna make sure I have torque specs and know part numbers and all that. I would hate to dive into a project headfirst on someone else's car only to exhaust my mechanical abilities halfway through the project.


I have a sneaking suspicion it's gonna be similar to replacing a clutch cover on a bike but I don't wanna maim an oil sensor or pump in the process.
Gotcha dude well just hit me up whenever you think you're up for the task and we can get it done together!
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