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Old 17th September 2011, 18:43   #1
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Vanos Solenoid Valve - Fault Code P0011

I got a fault code of P0011 again yesterday (second time). According to my OBII scanner, it is the cam position actuator. In talking to my BMW parts guy, he is telling me that it is the vanos solenoid valve and more than likely I need to replace both solenoid valves on the exhaust side. Does anyone on here know where I can find a DIY? I did some searching yesterday and only manage to find info on the E39 model. TIA
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the soleniod valves aren't very expensive, its the high-pressure vanos pump that you need to be cautious
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Thanks I am hoping to find a DIY. I guess I will have to rely on realoem.
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They are like ~$125 each. Have you replace your yet?
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They are like ~$125 each. Have you replace your yet?
I had my solenoids replace but found out it is not the cause of my problem. Ending up replacing the vanos gears.
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Did you get the same fault code P0011? Did you replace the solenoid valves yourself? If not how much did the dealer charge you? I can work on the M52/M54 engine all day long but the S85 is another animal. There is not space in this engine.

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I had my solenoids replace but found out it is not the cause of my problem. Ending up replacing the vanos gears.
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I am in the middle of changing out the solenoid valves but got stuck on what to do next. Each solenoid valve is held on by two small screws. My problem is I can not get to the screws. It is such a tight space there. Does anyone know if I need to remove the valve cover and then the vanos unit itself in order to replace the solenoid valves? Please let me know if you know the answer. TIA
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Anyone? Someone on here got to have some info or first hand knowledge in changing these out. I manage to changed one of the valves out yesterday but can't seem get to the other valve. I was able to remove one of the screws but the other screw is in super tight spot (lower passenger side). I either don't have the right tool or it require a special tool. It is a fillister head screw using t20 to remove them.
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