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Originally Posted by drz
JUst to clarify to everyone else: what you are replacing is the plastic cover on the b-pillar.
Now, regarding the VAnos noise: have you kept up with the regular maintenance? Oil changes, filters, etc.? Whe I bought my car, the salesman told me that most of the time, the vanos would get noisy when something simple like that was long overdue. SOrry I can't be of more help. I will do a little research. Do you have the Bentley manual?
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Originally Posted by zeaq
Plastic B pillar costs me $160 = roughly $100US is cheap for you huh? Damn you rich people.
Anywhere back to the topic,
I follow the BMW dealer maintenance procedures. All have been change on January 2006. I have the downloaded Bentley manual. I’ll read it later. The noise is gone after driving for a long distance and stops at idle.
The noise it not that loud unless someone nil down and hear the engine.
Originally Posted by WarNox
the cover of the B-pillar on the inside or the metal things on the doors on the outside? and how come?
Originally Posted by triggrhaapi
The noise is the solenoid starting to die. That happens.
Originally Posted by 97alpineM3
Often enough changing the vanos selenoid is the answer to a lot of the noise... it wont kill the noise all together... but it will help it... the noise is coming to be known because of the chain tensioner is getting old in our engines... the clearance for the main vanos chain is very minimal.. thus allowing it to rub the vanos case...
Unless your chain inside there is extremly loose... there shouldnt be a problem with the noise... its natural...
Good Luck that is my opinion... I have the noise too...
Originally Posted by ///M Power
+1 for the spring tensioner. Basically your chain inside your vanos unit is becomign a bit loose due to time and miles so now your chain is smacking the inside of your vanos cover.
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