how hot is it where you live? I took the engine clutch fan out of my e36 and i live in a desertwith daily temps of 97+. No water wetter or extra fan or anything and my car doesnt come close to overheating, minus the one time my AC fan wasn't working. "Forgot to plug the thing back in
" those clutch fans are just waiting time bombs. i will never put one back in my car. One blade broke while driving and caused massive Mayhem. sliced my radiator hoses and everything of importance around it. damn thing became shrapnel in my engine bay.
i got 5 bucks that says its either heater core hoses or actual heater core. clutch fan could be part of the problem for the over heating but with smelling coolant i highly doubt it.
Originally Posted by johnnybayonne
Just to let you know, I had a similiar issue.....a few months ago, I replaced the heater core hoses when I had my intake manifold off doing the M50 intake swap. I had found out that I did not tighten one of the hose clamps tight enough & it started to leak.
So, I'm guessing you still have a leak.....& you do have an overheating issue, I agree a clutch fan would cause an overheat condition, but I would rule out the thermostat first.....do you have heat in the car? Also when the engine reaches operating temp. the upper & lower radiator hoses should feel about the same temp.
Also make sure your cooling system is bled properly. pull the little black plastic screw on the over flow tank/radiator and run the car with heater full blast till no air comes out of the plug but the coolant is almost pouring out of the bleed plug.
how new is the heater core. was it a DIY or dealership install?