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|3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.|
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| Originally posted by BMW328@Sep 2 2004, 08:58 AM |
Hi, I own a 1996 P reg 328i Auto Coupe which has covered 66,000 mls. Yesterday I had loads of steam come out of the engine bay on the front left side. I stopped immedietly and called the RAC. The guy came and couldnt find a leak and reckoned the rad cap had released it. He also said that he reckons the head gasket will be fried as it happens a lot on BMWs. Is this true? A friend advised me to change the thermostat and water pump first as it is cheaper than the gasket. What else is it worth replacing while changing these if anything?
Also incase the head has gone I have just bought one of Ebay for peanuts that has been recently reground. Are there any mods I can do to this head while its off to give performance gains (Port Polish, cams etc) and does anyone have any experience in doing this. If I have the head polished and gas flowed will I need to change anything else?
One last question, does anyone know of any good suppliers for BMW performance parts in the UK (am based in Middlesex) and good engineers for doing any upgrade work?
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| Originally posted by BMW328@Sep 2 2004, 10:43 AM |
I have just been looking at the car and there seems to be some sort of probe (about 2-3cm long) attatched to a couple of wires in the lower right hand side near the bottom of the radiator. It is hanging there at the moment (almost low enough to see if u get level with the floor. Anyone know what that is? (I couldnt see anywhere for it to go)
And the RAC guy just did a visual inspection on the system, refilled with water and looked for leaks. The car seemed to drive fine the mile after that before it heated up again when I stopped and got towed. (but I was driving slowly). Idles all ok.
| Originally posted by BMW328@Sep 2 2004, 11:51 AM |
I cant seem to upload images at the moment although I have them on my PC if someone needs them EMailed to them.
The sensor is located in the lower passenger side (UK RHD Car). It hangs down attatched to two wires. If I Look straight down between the airbox and waterpipes I can see it to the right at the bottom of the car. It has a yellow body about 1cm deep and 2 cm wide which has a black rubber part attatched that tapers down into a probe about 2cm long. It has what look like two clips on the side of the yellow part.
It doesnt seem to have broken off anywhere and seems ok whatever it is!
Hope that helps in my description!
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