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If you are reading this article then perhaps you are a BMW owner?
VANOS is the name BMW give their variable value timing mechanism,
we wanted to simplify this subject and help you to better understand BMW VANOS.
So what are the symptoms of BMW VANOS failure or deterioration?
- Lower power levels
- Increased fuel consumption
- Engine surging
- Idle Hic-cups
- Engine hesitation
- Noisy engine – Normally shows up at about approx. 3,000 rpm
- Increased oil usage
There can come a point when the only way forward is to replace or refurbish the unit whether a single or double VANOS, this involves specialist tools and experience, a job not for the faint hearted.
By definition this job takes time, specialist tools and specific understanding of BMW VANOS in particular. Please take a look at our time lapse video showing Dan Brooks, Senior Technician at Perfect Touch, refurbishing a client’s VANOS on his M3 (E46). It also shows what it takes to get the job done from beginning to end in less than 3mins.
So what does all this do for the car?
A return of power and smoothness, which is what BMW enthusiasts really love about that legendary straight six engine, plus most importantly a returned enthusiasm for your car.
To find out more about BMW VANOS repair and refurbishment please call Gabs on 01992 443900, he would be delighted to talk you through the process or just help you work out what is next for your BMW.
Please Note – other manufacturers also use a form of Variable Valve Timing, for example Honda’s VVT and Porsche’s VarioRam/VarioCam.
We recently had this Jaguar XF come in, we diagnosed the water leak and set about fixing it, unfortunately this means engine out.
We have since found and rectified the water leak and carried out a full inspection and service.
We recently carried out an interim service on this Smart For Two, we also replaced the front brake discs, pads and also the rear brake shoes.
We recently serviced this Bentley Continental GT and we fixed a fault with the power steering system.
We recently carried out regular servicing and maintenance on this BMW 645ci coupe
To find out what we can offer you and your car, whether its a BMW or other prestige/performance car, please get in touch with us today – 01992 443900
Pop in to meet the team at our garage in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
We recently performed a full service of this Lupo GTI including brake disc skimming.
Call today for more – 01992 443900
We recently carried out a full vehicle inspection and service on this BMW M3
We carry out servicing and maintenance on all BMW models and other presitge and performance cars, so why not get in touch today to find out what we can offer you and your car – call today on 01992 443900
We are once again running our popular ‘recommend a friend’ promotion where you and your friend will receive £50 off a selection of our services for passing our details onto a friend.
Simply complete the following form – please see our terms and conditions below
Terms and conditions of the promotion:
- Limited to 1 voucher per client.
- Your friend must commit to a car service, 4 wheel alignment or ECU remap (or other agreed service).
- £50 credit will be added to your account next time you visit us and your friend will receive a £50 discount off work carried out.
- £50 credit will be valid for the labour portion of your bill only and cannot be used against products/parts or MOTs.
- There is no time limit for using your £50 credit once issued.
- Offer valid for new and existing customers.
- Offer may end at any time without notice.
Although we never experience really severe snow or slick ice in the UK its worth being ready if and when it does strike. We’ve put together some top tips for driving this winter.
Preparing your car for winter – We recommend checking the engine coolant, tyres (correct pressure and tread) and brakes
Get your air-conditioning re-gassed – Air-conditioning is just as handy in cold weather as it is in hot weather. In Winter it is used to clear/de-fog your windscreen and prevent it from misting up while driving.
Invest in Winter tyres – often overlooked is the use of high performance Summer tyres on many of today’s cars. Investing in some tyres specifically for Winter/wet driving really could make the difference
Take advantage of our FREE 45 point healthcheck – we offer a FREE 45 point healthcheck for your car which will highlight any issues that are deemed necessary to rectify now to either fix an existing fault or to prevent problems later on.
Remember to drive safe at all times – don’t hesitate to call us if you feel there is something we can help with (01992 443900)
Today we had a BMW X6 in for servicing, this monster has the Xdrive35d setup with the 286bhp twin turbo diesel.
We changed the air filter, engine oil filter, engine oil and brake pads. We skimmed the brake discs too so they are just like new for half the price!
Today we had in a lovely example of a ‘bug eyed’ Subaru Impreza Wagon. It was brought in for routine servicing including oil and filter change, new brake discs and pads.
Here we have a 2005 Subaru Legacy 3.0r Spec B, this car had a custom exhaust and intake fitted this year and our customer wanted to maximise his investment in these by remapping the ECU.
Normally, power gains on naturally aspirated cars from remaps alone is 10% but with the breathing mods in place the result was in fact closer to 20%.
Maximum power now 288bhp with torque sitting at a healthy 251 Ibft
Watch (and listen) to the following video of the final power run on our dyno
Our customer James, brought his Subaru Legacy 3.0rB in because of increased noise in the timing chains and tensioners. We felt it best to replace the chains and two of the bearing to ensure longevity as this car passes 110k miles…onto the next 100k+ miles!
Get in touch today to find out what other services we can offer for your Subaru or other make/model – 01992 443900
A lovely example of a 1998 registered WRX Type R STI. Our customer brought his car in for a service and cambelt change.
Get in touch today to book your car in for one of our services.
This Audi A4 Avanti 2.0tdi unfortunately decided that after every 15 minutes of running it would completely stop.
We diagnosed the fault to being a faulty crankshaft sensor. This component is small and very difficult to gain access to, but once changed it solved the problem for the car and the customer.
See just how tricky it was to get the sensor changed.
This Mini Cooper S is in for diagnostics and repair of an oil leak, water leak and fuel leak.
We are setting about replacing the radiator and fixing the oil and fuel leaks this week
Please get in touch for a FREE vehicle healthcheck – 01992 443900
This Evo 10 is in the intial stages of a major engine rebuild…with some uprated components.
We are looking to get the power up to around 500bhp safely with new rods, pistons, turbo and other parts.
Check back for more updates
Here we have a lovely Ferrari F355 GTS, it was brought into us from another garage, unable to find and fix the misfire.
We were able to quickly diagnose the problem that had existed for some time and handed the keys back within a few days
Contact us today for help and advice or to arrange for a FREE vehicle healthcheck – 01992 443900
Here we have a lovely example of a Range Rover Sport, this one is well cared for by our customer and they bring their car back to us for its scheduled servicing.
Talk to us today to find out what we can do for you, we can save you money and hassle down the line – 01992 443900
Here we feature a 59′ plate Audi A5 Coupe with just over 100,000 miles on the clock. The timing chain stretched and jumped 6 teeth! This unfortunately took out the valves and caused damage to the cylinder head.
We stripped the engine, revealing the damage, we replaced the valves and machined the head as new and replaced the timing chain with a new one.
In the pictures you can see us re-gassing the air conditioning as we had to strip the front of the car down (hence no front bumper) to gain access to the engine.