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Old 04-11-2005, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need help to find simplest process for Head Gasket replacement on my 1997 318ti. Have overheating problems whereby the upper radiator hose is being pressurized and I'm assuming it's the head gasket as the water pump, term., hosing, hose, relay, etc., have been replaced. Pls help!
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Have you made sure you have no air in the cooling system?
Does it "consume" coolant?

A faulty gasket either leads to mixing of oil and water or consumption of water which usually leads to to much air in the system and therefor overheating.

A head gasket went bad in one of the 318is's I had.
It took some time to pass out enough coolant through the exhaust before it started overheating.
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Yes, I've purged the system of air using the purge screw by the radiator cap...but the system keeps getting pressurized. No oil in the water or water in the oil...any thoughts?
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Yes, I've purged the system of air using the purge screw by the radiator cap...but the system keeps getting pressurized. No oil in the water or water in the oil...any thoughts?
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i used to get my temp display on my dash to go to red before i changed my thermostat houseing. they are plastic and SUCK! replace one way or the other with a metal one.

also, did you check out your fan clutch? if it is not working, there is no fan to help cool the radiator.
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Yes, I've purged the system of air using the purge screw by the radiator cap...but the system keeps getting pressurized. No oil in the water or water in the oil...any thoughts?
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Do you loose water?

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just a thought ( I had loads of overheating trouble recently) thermostat ?, sometimes they don't open properly - blocks up , there's a good advisory here I randomly found via google ; http://www.autohausaz.com/bmw-auto-parts/b...ng-systems.html
*unless term =thermostat, also ref head gasket - if there's oil floating in your radiator reservoir ,or water in your oil (whitish when cold) probs gone head gasket...
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