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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 NeverLeaned@Nov 21 2004, 01:51 PM |
downsize the picture so I can see it! lol!
The hose in the middle of the circle is the radiator return line from the water pump. If there was a hole in this, anti-freeze would be all over the place. thats all I can make out in the picture, but it doesn't sound like what your talking about.
The "hose" going to the alternator is some sort of ram air system to keep alternator cool. This runs from the top of radiator down into the back of the alternator. I don't think its a big deal to have this damaged.... duct tape should be fine to hold it together.
| Originally posted by kvadgama@Nov 21 2004, 02:58 PM |
I think what ur talking about is air duct from front grill to the alternator to keep alternator cool. The one you have circled does not go to alternator. That is for the coolent and if you had big hole in there, say Sayonara to your bimmer.
| Originally posted by NeverLeaned@Nov 21 2004, 03:21 PM |
Ok, I see it now. Yes, that is part of the cooling system for the alternater. These are the first cars I've seen a snorkel type system for the alt.
its there for a reason and if you don't fix it the lack of cooling will lead to premature alternator failure.
The duct tap should be fine to keep it functioning properly. I would look into replacing it if you don't want a eyesore in your engine compartment.
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