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Old 07-22-2009, 01:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Overheating Please Help

I have replaced the bloody head gasket, new gaskets all round etc... the car overheat when idling, no white smoke nothing at all, I noticed when I rev the bugger the needle drops back to centre, bring it back to idle and the needle pegs up... I have a new thermostat, belts and water pump, with new hoses the whole 9 yards... obviously the coolant isn't circulating properly or fast enough... any input would be great. Sere.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If its not flowing fast enough, its either the waterpump or loose belt, it could also be the stat is the wrong way around or faulty even though its new.

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Old 07-24-2009, 09:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The system must be bled very well...had a similar problem...bled the system properly and all was well ! U probably know where the bleeding screw is but just in case its on top of the radiator...carefull not to overtighten when done as they break easily....if u have already done this and there no air in the system ( which takes a few tries ) then check the fan clutch....this could also be a problem...let us know....gd luck
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Guys thanks for the replies, the fucken bimmer is giving me the shits... I have tried 2 different water pumps, 2 different thermostats bled the cooling system so much that there is barely any coolant in there, as it has been overcome by water... no idea what this is I will order a fan clutch and give it a shot, if not I will torch the bugger... will keep posted.
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