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|3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.|
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| Originally posted by Casey3561@Jun 9 2005, 05:43 PM |
Today, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up some junk for dinner. When I parked it, the temp gauge was top dead center- precisely halfway. Get in, idle for a second while I get settled, pull forward a few feet into a faraway spot to check something, and the dang temp gauge nearly redlined. Check Engine light and all.
After much cursing, I popped the hood and let it cool a little. Checked the radiator- normal. Checked the fault codes- normal. Opened the radiator and peered in, fluid nice and clean. Started it, fluid ran out, verifying that the water pump is working. So that leaves me thinking.
Is it the thermostat, which would be cheap, or the fan clutch, which would be a good bit worse? How bad will I get beat up on these? Could it be something simple like the PO not flushing the radiator, and a flush and fill fixes?
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