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Old 09-12-2009, 12:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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On september 5th 2009 i became the proud owner of my first BMW (3rd German car) a 92 325is with a M3 kit. As you can see i waisted no time adding h&r spring and 18in. wheels (car is much cleaner now will update asap).


Today i was driving and the temp gauge went all the way red. When i checked the oil it looked like chocolate milk. I let it sit added more coolant and drove it home, but it didnt run hot. Is my headgasket blown for sure? Thanks in advance everyone
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Old 09-12-2009, 03:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i would think so...milky oil is usually a good indicator.
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That will be the headgasket leaking Im afraid.
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yeah, bad luck man. good luck with the fix. throw up some more pics as you upgrade your ride.
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Damn thats what i was afraid of, being that the headgasket seems to be leaking and not completetly blown, hsould i bother with trying some of that "stop leak" product they sell at auto stores or just replace the gasket? Thanks again ya'll

p.s. will def post more pics
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Damn thats what i was afraid of, being that the headgasket seems to be leaking and not completetly blown, hsould i bother with trying some of that "stop leak" product they sell at auto stores or just replace the gasket? Thanks again ya'll

p.s. will def post more pics
Welcome to the Werkz........sorry to hear about the head gasket!

The stop leak is a waste of time......here is a link on e36 head gasket replacement......& FCP Groton has the gasket set.
BMW E36 E34 325 525 325i 525i Cylinder Head Gasket Set


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the only fix is to replace the head gasket. hope nothing else goes wrong for ya considering the car is new to you
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also, if this car has the original engine still, you have no vanos. One thing less to deal with on the top end rebuild.
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hmmm....
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Yea imma fix it this week. I use to drive a turbo integra and i have alot of experience with blown gaskets lol. Thanks again.

p.s. Any advice on oil? I was gonna run some "Mobil 1 10w40" full synthetic.
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Mobil 1 10w40" full synthetic, good choice, that will be fine, good luck with head gasket change.
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OMG now my starter is dead!!! WTF
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^^^ Correction, starter issue fixed. Wheeew LOL. Stay tuned for new pix!
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good stuff, glad to hear you fixed the starter issue!
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