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#1 (permalink) Old 12-20-2004, 08:40 AM
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Hi,,, i just came back form singapore...I start the car....and the check control says"check coolant level"...and its gone afterthat..and try starting it again...nothing appears..

so do i have to fill it?It's just being service at the dealers.and BTW where's the coolant level?I know i ask a stupid question but i just don't know where...


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how long was your car sitting there unused for
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and b, a is your water
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hey, i had the same thing happening to me.. we jus got our first snow here... i used the car last night... this morning i m about to go to work and everything was frozen, i couldn;t even open the door... when i turned the car on, i got the message - "check coolant level" "see owner's manual".. after that it went away... i pressed the check control button and everyting was ok.. but when i turned the car off, i got the same message again...

do i need to do anything?

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how long was your car sitting there unused for
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About 2 weeks......

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and b, a is your water
So b is the coolant water....?a is the water for what?Just wondering?I like cars but dunno about the enjine....


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hey, i had the same thing happening to me.. we jus got our first snow here... i used the car last night... this morning i m about to go to work and everything was frozen, i couldn;t even open the door... when i turned the car on, i got the message - "check coolant level" "see owner's manual".. after that it went away... i pressed the check control button and everyting was ok.. but when i turned the car off, i got the same message again...

do i need to do anything?
Funtoos,,I don't know about it maybe it's frozen used


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A is for your windshield washer fluid.

Your coolant level is probably low...just low enough that the warning light will go on if you're parked at a particular angle (probably not on level ground). You may have a very small coolant leak that manifested itself with the warning light going on after your trip.

I'd fill the car with 50%coolant and 50% water and monitor the situation. May be nothing

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yeah what is the water for? i know people mix the coolant and the water... but i thought it was done upfront before filling the reservoir... r u suggesting there r two seperate reservoirs.. if so wouldn;t the water jus freeze everytime???
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It only freezes if you don't run your engine for long periods of time in below freezing weather...

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WTF!!! Do they let you people actually drive a BMW??? How do you not know where the coolant goes?

You should always use a mixture of 50% H20 (water) with 50% coolant. You should always pre-mix it, that means, before you put it in your car (letter B in the pic above).

Some coolant comes pre-mixed. It will clearly be labeled in some way. If you buy the proper coolant from the BMW dealer, it is NOT pre-mixed.

If you're smart, you also put windshield washer fluid in hole A, not just water...

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haha, hey now everyone has to learn!

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Learn??!?!??

Isn't that what chevy cavaliers are for?

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hahaha i suppose, thats not fun learning though

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Learn??!?!??

Isn't that what chevy cavaliers are for?
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aight schilke, mr. know it all...
read the f**kin post first... thas exactly what i said... the coolant is supposed to be mixed b4 you put it in... n when they said, its just water in some hole A, i had to ask that question...
n jus cuz somebody drives a bmw, doesn't mean they have to know everything about it... granted one should atleast know not to put water in the coolant place (atleast not in the freezing areas)...
a guy drivin a ferrari prolly know a lot less than the one driving a cavalier you r suggesting... ok mayb thas an exageration, but u get the point..

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Now my cousins fill it with water...they check the coolant is low...

So if the warning sign"coolant level low" appears again what could it be?

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