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Old 04-27-2010, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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318 headgasket replacement questions....

I have a 1996 318 ti which im going to change the headgasket on. My questions are mostly with part replacement. I want to get good parts at the right price and dont know where would be a good place to look.... Im going to be a waterpump headbolts/headgasket possibly chan ten.?? also i dont know what the part is called but its the flange in the front of the engine with the coolant hoses on it....? mine looks like its leaking and would like a new one possibly one that isnt plastic... Any online sites for parts would be best due to the lower cost on parts.. also i think i have what is called the m44 but im not sure anyway i can find that out would help too... thanks all in advance!
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not sure if you have to remove the timing chain to replace the head gasket (im pretty sure you do, atleat part way?..correct me if im wrong) you might want to look into purchasing some new parts for the chain assembly. They are known to make noise with higher mileage and can wear and eventually cause engine failure. So look into that.
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hey jb how do i know what engine code i have... m44...? does that sound right for a 1996 318ti??
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also what do you call that piece in the front of the engine that the coolant hoses attach to?? thx
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also what do you call that piece in the front of the engine that the coolant hoses attach to?? thx
Yes.....the M44 is correct & that would be the Radiator!


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no not the radiator silly... it bolts to the front of the engine with the coolant hoses on it....
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no not the radiator silly... it bolts to the front of the engine with the coolant hoses on it....
Either the water pump or the thermostat housing?
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hmm the t-stat might be behind it... i will have to take a better look at it... i think i have heard it called a coolant flange..? i know how to fix cars just not very much experience with bmw or this wouldnt be a problem =< thx
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no not the radiator silly... it bolts to the front of the engine with the coolant hoses on it....
the thermostat housing........# 5 in link below:

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that would be it!! thats leaking i think due to the overheating.... do they make one of metal do they just make plastic ones? Thanks alot for the info jb!!!

oh btw just to let you know I picked up this car for 200 with a SUPER clean body and inside! I think i got a good deal! =>
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that would be it!! thats leaking i think due to the overheating.... do they make one of metal do they just make plastic ones? Thanks alot for the info jb!!!

oh btw just to let you know I picked up this car for 200 with a SUPER clean body and inside! I think i got a good deal! =>
You are welcome.......yeah looks like just plastic, but the thermostat comes with the housing.....Autohausaz seems to have the best price.....

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so jb i gotta ask are you a bmw technician or what... you seem to know your shit!!!
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so jb i gotta ask are you a bmw technician or what... you seem to know your shit!!!
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