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Old 04-28-2009, 10:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cooling System PROBLEM

Hi guys,

I am looking for help with the cooling system on my 1998 328i
Here is the story:

I was driving and all of a sudden I see smoke and anti-freeze shoot up from under my hood.
When I looked, I noticed the hose that was connected to the rad, came off and the plastic on the rad where the hose goes into the rad was broken.
So I changed my rad.
A few weeks after, same thing, the hose popped off, this time it was not broken, but turns out there was a crack in the coolant overflow tank.
So I replaced the coolant overflow tank
I also replaced the water pump and fan clutch
A few weeks after, driving on the high way, my eyes have been on the temp gauge ever since I changed my coolant overflow tank. Everything seemed normal. Out of the blue, the car spits out coolant and shuts off.
Turns out the Rad explodedů

My question is could a bad thermostat cause all this? It is the ONLY thing left that I have not replaced. If not, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH MY CARů

PLEASE all e36 techs HELP!!!
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This is an answer/reply I got in another forum... does this sound right?

" I dont want to get you worried, but the only thing left is a headgasket problem, or cracked head. The therostat should have a safety on it, so it will open somewhat, even when bad. If all those parts keep blowing up, it indicates too much pressure in the cooling system, mostly caused by blown headgasket. Even a slow leak will cause it to build pressure over time, its a notorious problem on Subaru's so i had to do this more then once! "
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Well I'd say there's some chance that makes sense. But I suppose you may be down to needing some shop help. Is there any sign of oil in the coolant or vice versa?
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Sounds to me like the head gasket or a crack in the head im afraid.
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What is involved in reparing that?
Cost/time?
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Do a google search.........it will show you how to do it
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What is involved in reparing that?
Cost/time?
It depends on whether you intend to tackle this job yourself or have it taken into a BMW mechanic. I would suggest that if you aren't very mechanically inclined that you bite the bullet and send her in to the mechanic. It will be pricey but it will save you a lot of un-needed stress.

If you relish the challenge of trying the inner workings of fine german engineering...
You should get yourself the HG kit. You could get yourself just the HG but if you've got the thing open that far, you might as well be replacing all your O-rings and seals related to this job...The kit will cost you $170-$300.
You'll also want to have yourself a new set of head bolts. DO NOT REUSE THE OLD BOLTS...$14-$20.
The job can be done without the BMW special tools (TDC locking pin, Timing chain tensioner, Camshaft alignment tool, and...if you're replacing the valve seals, the camshaft bearing compressor tool) but this isn't a recommended practice. The tools themselves can be had at least for the price of a good mechanic.
Expect your car to be inoperable for at least 3 days depending on the amount of time per day you have to spend on it...it took me a total of 9 hours all together with no special tools and no shop to work in (regular backyard garage).
If you don't have a DIY manual (Bentley or Haynes or Chilton), you can find yourself some pretty informative articles here.

Do make sure that it is the HG causing your grief....it would be a shame to go through all this to find that there was no problems with your head gasket in the first place. E36s are, unfortunately, notorious for cooling system problems.
Good luck with your endeavors, whichever you chose to go with.

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