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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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Very likely to be the clutch driven fan. Replacing the clutch should sort it.
I don't know that I would try this but I've read there is this method for testing the fan. Roll up a newspaper and stick it into the fan while the engine idles. If it stops the fan, the clutch is bad. I haven't read what happens if it doesn't stop the fan.
For what it is worth, a lot of people run without a fan on the the 318. There is an electric fan in front of the radiator that runs if your AC is on. I have removed that and the engine fan and while I don't run my AC, the car stays cool in anything but stopped in traffic on a 100+ degree day.
I am loosing coolant, and after looking at it this morning... I really think it's the head gasket now... I'll probably be taking it to a shop today or tomorrow. Anyone know a really good shop in Atlanta near Marietta? Also, how much should a head gasket cost? Is it something that is even worth it?
well i wouldnt do that just yet .. before the car gets to hot open up your coolant to see if it still has presure if so i woulldnt take it up there jus check the hoses and bleed it . i have the same exact problem . i put anti freeze in , didnt bleed it and anit freeze started to shoot everywhere as the car heated up . silly me after i bled it i was good but my fan clutch never kicks into high gear. i wanna know if i can put a mechanical fan from a e28 on it .
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