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Old 05-24-2005, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i got a 1994 325i and i guess the water pump like broke i dont know how but it did and then the belt fell off and caught on to the fan but now it has a bunch of liqued all over the engine and on the ground and i just want to know how serious this is and how much i should except paying for this.?


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Old 05-24-2005, 10:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of liquid? Is it green? Is it yellow? Is it like engine oil? Did the engine keep running a lot after the pump broke? How many miles on your car?

If it's just your pump and a belt then it won't be that bad. See the links below for parts and how to change.

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http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?mo...503&hg=11&fg=35
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?mo...344&hg=11&fg=18

HOW TO
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Plastic water pump failure is a comon problem with the early E36, BMW cought this and switched around 95-96 (somewhere around there) to a metal impellor. That's probably what blew apart.
The fluid is probably antifreeze\water. Hose down the engine if you want to clean it off, cover up main electronic components beforehand tho, just try to keep the majority of water off them.

Do not run the engine, this should be obvious though


Once it's fixed, be sure to take note of any engine weirdness, the plastic pieces *can* spread throughut the engine block and get lodged in places and cause coolant flow problems.
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Factory pumps after early 96 were metal impellar type... but still they are prone to fail... I've changed 4 of them in cars that came from the factory with the new improved crap of a metal impellar pump.

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ok thanks for your help
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oh and it was like green
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Antifreeze. Yep.
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and the radiator is cracked i just found out
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Your water pump must have really broke! mine just kinda started wiggling around a bit, but by then the thermostat was busted as they usualy do anyway! and here the bmw dealer didnt ahve any metal casing so they put a plastic one back on, but if the last one lasted 12years im sure this one will be fine for a while, and yea metal ones arent any more reliable!
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Your water pump must have really broke! mine just kinda started wiggling around a bit, but by then the thermostat was busted as they usualy do anyway! and here the bmw dealer didnt ahve any metal casing so they put a plastic one back on, but if the last one lasted 12years im sure this one will be fine for a while, and yea metal ones arent any more reliable!
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hi all! got a '94 e36 automatic compact.. no problems at all .. untill 2day .. some little squeeking sound apeared .. seeming to come from under the hood/exhaust but it was pretty silent .. drove te entire day like 100 Km in total.

then all of a sudden there was a loud very loud squeeking (sounded like the sound be4 but much louder) sound and the car stopt and the engine also stopped.

looking outside, some fluid was rapidly emptied and it had been leaking heavily for like 10 meters or something. it was at night so i could see the color, the fluid came from the front left side under the hood..

could that be the waterpump, described in this topic, or is it something much more serious or lets say expensive??
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the sounds llike what happen to me...Hope you can fix it yourself because it cost me like 1500 at a machenic
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the sounds llike what happen to me...Hope you can fix it yourself because it cost me like 1500 at a machenic
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$1500 to replace a freakin water pump???
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and radiator
because i guess it blew up too
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the sounds llike what happen to me...Hope you can fix it yourself because it cost me like 1500 at a machenic
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hope i can get it fixed for the price of the parts and a 6-pack of beer :-) (hopefully below 250 USD)

check this out:::
at the moment im the luckiest guy in the world .. i showed the pix to a friend he told me it was the v-snare (think it is called belt in english) (loopin through dynamo ,etc).
If he's right i only need a ned v-snare and waterpump (and mechanic to fix it ;-))

is the guy right??

plz TAKE A LOOK AT THE PIX

distrobution or v-snare (major engine/cylinder disaster or just replace some parts??)
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the fluid leaking from below this place (side of the engine right across the fan and below the wheel on the pic (in the middle of it all)
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