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Old 12-11-2003, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi guys the only symptom i have is that i have to top up the coolant every week. could you tell me from your experiences what else would come up if the head gasket is gone ghead
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cracked radiator hose comes to mind....what year is your car...the rubber can get old and start cracking...

Also has the water pump been replaced....your water pump might be going, causing the coolant to burn off??
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Asio its a 94 318i , had an overheating problem i replaced the smashed thermostat and housing also checked both hoses and replaced one
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hi guys the only symptom i have is that i have to top up the coolant every week. could you tell me from your experiences what else would come up if the head gasket is gone ghead
head gasket? well check your oil for coolant and your coolant for oil, that is a for sure sign of a cracked head gasket. your performance would be off and i think you would overheat, however i cant remember, if you think its your headgasket and your totally positive it is, id get it fixed asap before serious problems occur , ive seen 3 bmw's with blown head gaskets 2 of them were guys who drove it until it wouldnt anymore , you can imagine his bill, they we had to send them out to be machined. the 3rd guy only had to replace the fluids and gasket itself with the machine work being done at the shop.

when was the last coolant change you did steath? and who did it? you could have air bubbles in your system , have you tried bleeding it?

and to add to asios comments check the engine bay for coolant (new and old) new will look green of course and old will be a caked on grey colour.
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Thanks Furios have done checking the oil / coolant coolant /oil everything is perfect . One big question for you though and i think it coul be my stupid fault do you need to use special sealents when fitting back the plastic housing for the theromstat ???
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there is a gasket that should be inserted into a groove in the housing, if i remember the gasket is orange colour. if you didnt put that gasket in you could be in trouble.
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This is the kinda engine i have a 318i 115 bhp sohc , their was a black rubber ring on the housing , but should i have used some sort of a sealer ?
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im not sure on the 318, i can find out though
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Thanks im logging off for the weekend talk monday
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if u think its the headgasket get a compression check on the engine.check everything for a leak.u might just have air in the ststem after you cheanged your themostat hope u put it in the right way.
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