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Old 09-28-2005, 04:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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as fate would have it

well i went to wash my car late at night and when i got to the carwash i noticed the smell of coolant. well turns out my upper rad hose split. a small one but coolant everywhere. well i got home (cops stopped me for speeding, let me go without a check after i showed them the problem) the needle stayed at half the whole way home except a few times it went close to 3/4 .. was not smart of me, should have gotten a tow. added some water and hopefuly ill get it replaced first thing in the morning.

first problem since the new engine, hopefully my stupidity wont compound into more.
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Old 09-28-2005, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Could've been worse if it went unnoticed. Cool that the cops let you off...
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Old 09-28-2005, 12:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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all is well now, got the new hose on, more coolant and bleed the system, no problems so far.. yeah hte cops were pretty cool, and thank god there was coolant everywhere
otherwise they woudnt beleive me
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Furious I am giving you negative reputation for driving with a coolant leak. If it happens again i will have to confiscate your car in the name of BMW Abuse prevention



not really... but I am...

I am glad nothing bad happened because of it.
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Old 09-28-2005, 11:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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good to hear u got it fixed before anything worse happeend...
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well i went to wash my car late at night and when i got to the carwash i noticed the smell of coolant. well turns out my upper rad hose split. a small one but coolant everywhere. well i got home (cops stopped me for speeding, let me go without a check after i showed them the problem) the needle stayed at half the whole way home except a few times it went close to 3/4 .. was not smart of me, should have gotten a tow. added some water and hopefuly ill get it replaced first thing in the morning.

first problem since the new engine, hopefully my stupidity wont compound into more.
I had that problem. If you have an intake, use the lower radiator hose to replace the upper one. The loss of two extra stupid bends makes the hose stronger, trust me.
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I cracked my radiator some how, I jb welded it back together and has been fine ever since(plan on replacing it this winter when the car is parked)
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hahaha. How did you get off of a speeding ticket b/c of a coolant leak?
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Old 09-30-2005, 07:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yeah it could have been alot more serious all you had to do is get a new hose and then do a little cleaning..
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