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Old 03-01-2004, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,
I recently purchased a 92 325i. After having the car for a couple of days I noticed the temp guage creeping up towards the hot mark. I read a few online articles that pointed to the fan clutch. Being the mechanica that I am (ya right! ) I wrapped up a nice stick of newspaper to stick in the fan to check the clutch. Sure enough... stopped all too easy.

Cool... I found the problem. So I go to Autozone...mhhmm... and got a replacement "made in china" clutch for it. After installing it I re-tried the newspaper trick and the thing chopped right into it. Worked like a charm! ... Well after about 20 minutes here goes the guage traveling toward red again. I stuck the newspaper in and, sure enough, it stopped again. Thios clutch works maybe 20% of the time, but it seems like after I rev the engine up a time or two it dies on me. If I drive at 2500rpm or lower it always engages perfectly.

I went over to BMW and grabbed another clutch for it today, and it never even tried to work. It barely spins at idle, and the car heats up REALLY fast with it on there. Same thing with the newspaper again. No dice...



Have you guys ever seen bad clutches this much? I mean...geeez...could they be this unreliable?
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Old 03-02-2004, 12:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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have you tried to look into another problem. usually with the cooling system its not uncommon to have multiple problems.
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Check your water pump. It is probably broken, you have the older plastic impeller, it will spin but not much.
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I was told that if the heater blew HOT then the water pump was probably good.

Im beginning to think that the guage is lying to me. The car reached RED in about 3 minutes after cranking it. and stays there indefinitely. I have never seen steam, boiling, or a change in the way the car runs/performs.

I read in a service manual to remove the plug from the water temp sensor, and that if the guage read cold with the ignition on then it was faulty...??? I dunno though.
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If it heats that fast, then its most likely thermostat or water pump.
Check the hoses to radiator -> they should be hot.

Another problem that it could be is Air in the system.
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