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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 01-30-2005, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello. I have a question for you guys. I think i may have a blown head gasket or something. I think that there is oil in the radiotar, what would eb the cause of this?
I haevnt drained the radiator yet though so it may jstu be old collant, but i dont think it is, im going to drain it, then fill it, and see what happens. thanks a lot if anybody cxan help me wiht this. Chris----
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hello. I have a question for you guys. I think i may have a blown head gasket or something. I think that there is oil in the radiotar, what would eb the cause of this?
I haevnt drained the radiator yet though so it may jstu be old collant, but i dont think it is, im going to drain it, then fill it, and see what happens. thanks a lot if anybody cxan help me wiht this. Chris----
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check your compression,and your oil.make sure there is no antifreeze in the oil.it may also be a cracked head or block.it is atleast the head gasket,but more likely the head itself.get it checked.
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oil in your radiator? if you have a blown head gasket there should be coolant in your oil. does it use coolant?
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or does it smoke white smoke out of the tail pipe?
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or does it smoke white smoke out of the tail pipe?
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check the gasket on the front of the head, there is a cover that bolts on to the end of the head that covers the timing chain. assuming your engine is an m42 that is, i have no idea tho, but look on your engine and see if you have a bracket maybe other engines have them too im sure anything with a timming chain rather then a belt would have this. so go look if you do have one, then pull it off there is a gasket going all the way arround it, i believe there is 3 gaskets in total on this, coolant goes through that area and so does oil other then that i duno how oil would get into your coolant. cause unless your rings are shot, and oil is blowing by them and your headgasket but thats next to impossible, plus you would have blue smoke out your tail pipe, if you have white smoke after the car is warmed up its your headgasket or a warped head. best bet is to drain and change your fluid see if it happens again.
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it smokes a little white smoke during warm-up, i have not had it running long enough to see if the smoke goes away. hopefully today i will be able to drive it.
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it smokes a little white smoke during warm-up, i have not had it running long enough to see if the smoke goes away. hopefully today i will be able to drive it.
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if the smoke goes away dont worry about it, if it never goes away its a head gasket. the condensation in the pipes has to be boiled out thats the white smoke at the start.
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Bubbles in your cooling system is a sure sign of a blown headgasket.Exhaust gases will cause your coolant to goop up badly. I know!
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