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      08-29-2018, 03:06 PM   #1
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Drivetrain error message came up again

This error came up before and my friend read the error through diagnostic computer, but before diagnosing the car the error disappeared after being off for a while. The read was saying that it could be the vanos but seen other people having the same issue on other bimmer "vague error" and could be anything. Has anyone had this error before?

If its the vanos, where is it actually located on F20s 116i 13 plate?

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      09-24-2018, 08:29 AM   #2
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I've recently had my BMW F20 118i serviced, where they were able to plug the computer in and read the fault code. My car has been randomly going into limp mode with "drivetrain possible to continue journey." The easy fix has been just to turn the car off and back on again, as it seems to reset. The code the mechanic read was the exhaust vanos solenoid which may need replacing. My guess is that it could just need a clean for both the intake and exhaust solenoids which will save me a bit of money

In saying so, does anyone know exactly where the solenoids are located? Any DIY's that go into detail? Can't seem to find exactly where they are
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      09-24-2018, 10:49 AM   #3
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I would search at the end of the camshafts, usually at the front end of the engine.
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      09-24-2018, 10:54 AM   #4
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Just incidentally. There is a search facility at the bottom of the page here. Looking for "drivetrain" from the forum page (where threads are listed) gives some results. In particular: https://f20.1addicts.com/forums/show...ght=drivetrain and https://f20.1addicts.com/forums/show...ght=drivetrain.
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VANOS issue?

I'm having the same issue. Car (116i) is loosing performance and telling me to contact my service partner. I've got a printout of the fault codes

130304
130308

Mentioning VANOS exhaust:control fault camshaft stuck/position not reached

Has anyone managed to resolve this issue?
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      08-11-2020, 03:17 AM   #6
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You can do it your self. The exhaust vanos is located on the turbo site (number 1 on the picture below). You have to pull the air box out. If you stand in front of your car you have the turbo on your right side. Just next to the turbo, the vanos is placed in you engine. You have to disconnect the cable. Sometimes there is a plastic grey cover to protect the connection from the heat from the turbo. Then you need a torx to remove 1 torx nut m6x16. Located under the vanos. Put a cloth under the vanos. There will be some oil spil. You pull the vanos out of the engine. It can be a little bit stuck. Clean it with some breakcleaner. Sometimes you need a new seal. Put some oil on the seal en Vanos when you put it back in. Tip; The F20 n13 engine needs a quicker oil change than recommended from factory. Also use the right oil. Good luck.
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You can do it your self. The exhaust vanos is located on the turbo site (number 1 on the picture below). You have to pull the air box out. If you stand in front of your car you have the turbo on your right side. Just next to the turbo, the vanos is placed in you engine. You have to disconnect the cable. Sometimes there is a plastic grey cover to protect the connection from the heat from the turbo. Then you need a torx to remove 1 torx nut m6x16. Located under the vanos. Put a cloth under the vanos. There will be some oil spil. You pull the vanos out of the engine. It can be a little bit stuck. Clean it with some breakcleaner. Sometimes you need a new seal. Put some oil on the seal en Vanos when you put it back in. Tip; The F20 n13 engine needs a quicker oil change than recommended from factory. Also use the right oil. Good luck.

Trying to remove the exhaust VANOS now, do you have to remove the turbo as access looks almost impossible?
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      12-26-2020, 03:44 AM   #8
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Sorry, late reaction.
you don't have to move the turbo. you need a long bit torx to reach the bolt.
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Vanos issues

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I'm having the same issue. Car (116i) is loosing performance and telling me to contact my service partner. I've got a printout of the fault codes

130304
130308

Mentioning VANOS exhaust:control fault camshaft stuck/position not reached

Has anyone managed to resolve this issue?
Hi did you manage to resolve this issue?
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      06-16-2021, 09:52 AM   #10
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Hello,

I am also having this vanos code 130308, on my n20 engine. If you resolved the issue a reply would be much appreciated.
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Sorry, late reaction.
you don't have to move the turbo. you need a long bit torx to reach the bolt.
Hello, I now have the same problem.. ISTA shows 130204 120408 Cd0487 codes... 130204 says vanos exhaust selenoid..

I was also unable to remove that selenoid as there was no clearance to access.

How long the bit torx should be ? And what size (T20 25 30 35 40 etc)?

Will I also need a foldable angle socket adapter?

As I understand I will need to remove only the turbo wastegate actuator, am I right?
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