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pawelgawel 05-21-2012 01:45 PM

Vanos seals or No vanos seals??
Im about to the the vcg... should I do my vanos seals??? its not ratteling yet so I just don't feel like spending more $$ and waiting longer on the seals to come in. Does anyone stock them in GTA/ LONDON area??

ac_2007 05-22-2012 12:05 AM

What's the mileage/year of the vehicle? If you're over 120k, then yes definitely do them.

It doesn't need to rattle for you to notice a healthy rejuvenation of torque.

pawelgawel 05-22-2012 09:53 AM

'04 330ci 155km,
anyone know who sells the seals here in canada?

ac_2007 05-22-2012 07:31 PM

Don't know about here in Canada, but either way the vendors here usually charge more than ordering from the states.

Give BimmerBoys a shout first, and go with BeisanSystems if they don't have them ($73 shipped)

andrew.k 05-24-2012 04:25 PM

Change them. - It's really easy & worth it.

I got mine directly from

gnome 05-25-2012 03:29 AM

Ask Rocco @RMP. I ordered mine from Beisen and had Rocco replace them.

ac_2007 05-26-2012 02:49 AM

Do it yourself. Learn something and save money.

Not a difficult DIY.

mercforhire 05-26-2012 05:57 AM

I just did my seals last month. Got them directly from that official site. You also need to buy another vanos cheap part for it. Read the DIY guide and you will see.
My car has 210,000 when I did the seals and felt no difference.

pawelgawel 05-26-2012 10:06 AM

^ i can do it myself... Thats not whay im questionning if i should... But just like mecforhire said je didnt feel the difference, i dont feel like waisting money and time on something thats not really neesed. I hate the fact that people loke us have to pick up the slack for others. 90% of bmw pwners never do it. It only us the fanatics and go beyond what is expected...
Im keeping the car for 2-3 years... Why should i do all the unnecessary work if there wont be any changes.
If this isnt a must do then id rather invest into future problems like sensors orcooling system

xlr8nbimbo 05-26-2012 10:51 PM

If you do it let me know if you notice any increase in performance.

mercforhire 05-27-2012 12:54 PM

The old seals on the pistons were plastic-fyed o the pistons were moving up and down pretty much freely. So even though I felt no difference, I know I fixed something.
But if you have less mileage than me and won't keep the car for long. Then no point spending $70 on some rubber seals.

ac_2007 05-27-2012 04:32 PM

Depends what your definition of "must do" is. It is preventative maintenance for $70.
You've been given all the information you need to make an informed decision.

blakneto 05-27-2012 05:45 PM

how often should you change these? or if you change them, you don't have to ever do it again?

pawelgawel 05-27-2012 06:55 PM

anyone order from here??

I just cant understand how couple seals can cost $75 with shipping when they cost less then $10 in reality. If I had the measurements Id go to a specialty store and get them... or order a 100 pieces and sell them for $40 shipped.

Does anyone have actual measurements?

mercforhire 05-28-2012 07:53 PM

It's called research fee. The guy spent loads of time and money finding and solving this problem.

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