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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 06-07-2011, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello my friend is giving me his 318i but it needs the head gasket replaced. The car runs like a dream but it overheats. My question is since it is running fine (but that problem) is it best to get it replaced or use a sealant in the meantime? I also know to replace it will cost around $1200.
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This happened to my E38 a couple of months back...
1- Does it spout out of the Rad?
2- Is the oil on the dipstick milky?

If no to both questions then put a small bottle of K-Seal in the coolant and top up as necessary!
Cured my overheat INSTANTLY !

If Yes, then maybe TRY a bottle of K-Seal first, but do not expect God to take over LOL
Should work though and its gotta be worth a try?

BTW I am not employed by the company, I bought a bottle !

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ok I am new I added to the wrong spot! is it really that simple to just add it to the radiator? Does it need to be empty? Yes I am a dumb woman when it comes to this. I exaggerated my friend is selling it to me to me for $1000. So as far as I know nothing is coming out, if it does work should I eventually get it fixed? If so where should I go to a BMW dealer or is there a type of Mechanic I should goto??

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Just add it... And mybe top up to the correct level if you need to.
Let it do its work for a run and then you will have your answer whether or not to get the gasket done..
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Ok thank you so much I owe you lunch!!
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Onr more question...when I put it in and if the car happens to start to run hot do I let it continue and work its magic? Or do I stop??
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It really should be doing its job in the first 5-10 mins anyway !

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Ok I got the car today and I didn't get K-seal I got Steel Seal instead. I don't know where the radiator is so pray for me!!!!
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I found the radiator (my mom showed me...lol) I will let you know how I made out!!
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Ok I did the steel seal.through the hose (with help) we did it for 1 hour flushed the hose and the radiator with water, then filled it with antifreeze. After 30 minutes it did run hot but not totally in the red where the warning buzzer comes on. So I am hoping after sitting over night it wont run hot. If it does what should I do?
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Did you put the steel seal in LAST?
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Question Head gasket

We put steel seal into the hose ran it for the hour then flushed water into the radiator compartment with the plug pulled then did the same in the hoses that connects the raidiator , but we disconnected it from the radiator. After we flushed it and made sure the water was cold that we flushed out we replaced it with antifreeze put it in the hose diredtly to the motot and filled it in the. Radiator. It was amazing to see all the smoke and waer then nothing. The car did run hot a little that was last night I haven't drove it yet. So to answer your question no antifreeze was the very last we put in the car and let it cool
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Oooops You may have flushed it out a little... It should have been applied after the flushing and at the same time as antifreeze, maybe...
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