7 Easy Steps to Replace Your Camshaft Adjuster Magnet
An oil leak is enough to make any car owner panic. If you are unlucky to experience one, and the leak happens to surround the camshaft adjuster magnet, you do not have to worry because all it takes to stop the leak and to restore proper fuel injection and engine timing of your vehicle is a simple, cost-efficient, and quick replacement of the leaky magnet. An error code from the fuel injection computer is also a telltale sign that the magnetic adjuster is already busted, and you need to get a new one as soon as possible. If you do not act immediately, you will have no choice but to suffer the consequences such as your vehicle running roughly.
Difficulty level: Easy
Things you'll need:
- Flathead screwdriver
- E8 torx
- T30 torx
Step 1: Pull the front engine cover out from the front. Compress the two air intake ducts off the air filter cover and slip the engine cover off the ducts.
Step 2: Remove the exhaust cam adjuster on the left side of the engine bay. Do not remove the other parts.
*Note: If you are going to replace the intake magnet, the oil cooler needs to be removed first before the exhaust cam adjuster. This will give you easy access to the exhaust and intake camshaft adjuster magnets.
Step 3: Lift the plastic clip using a flathead screwdriver, push on it so that the connection is released, and pull the clip.
*Note: Be very careful when performing this step because the plastic clip is fragile.
Step 4: Remove the three bolts with an E8 torx screwdriver. The adjuster magnet will pop up straight out of the motor.
Step 5: Examine the cam port for any debris, dirt, or damage that may get in the way of the magnetic adjuster's performance. Before you install the new camshaft adjuster magnet, be sure that the surface where you will mount it is flat and clean.
Step 6: Release the clip behind the change over valve and unscrew the three torx that keep the valve's mount firmly in place. This should remove the change over valve from its mount.
Step 7: At this point, you should be able to access the intake magnet. Remove it and install your new magnetic adjuster. Place back the parts you removed in reverse order.
The entire process takes about two to four hours, depending on your DIY installation skill level and experience. Although your vehicle may have two to four camshaft adjuster magnets, you do not have to replace all or two of them--just replacing one will do. When you are done with replacing your busted magnetic adjuster, you can expect a smoother ride every time, all thanks to the improved performance of the variable camshaft system because of installing a new adjuster magnet.
While replacing the camshaft magnetic adjuster, you may also consider replacing your stock crankshaft position sensor as well for better engine timing and control of fuel injection into the different parts of the engine.