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Old 09-23-2004, 08:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any help here would be most appreciated.

I just bought an 1995 325i about 2 weeks ago, last week the water pump failed drastically, taking out the radiator and thermostat too. I ordered the E36 3 Series Cooling System Overhaul Kit from Bimmerworld.com. In preparation for the kit, I took out the radiator, water pump and thermostat.

The Question is…. In all the parts I have removed; throughout the radiator, in the thermo, and most definitely in the water pump housing, are little pieces of impeller blade. Do I have to worry about chunks of blade in the block? Is there a special way (other than your standard coolant flush) to get these little guys out?

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most people get their system flushed twice to make sure that it all gets out. The chunks shouldn't make it to the block. Instead they usually, stress usually, end up, if un-flushed, in your radiator. This can cause your radiator to have leaks therefore need replacing.
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Thanks,

In the course of the pump failure the plastic spigot on my radiator blew off sending coolant allover everything. So I need to replace the rad too.

But basically you’re saying I shouldn’t have a problem, but no guarantees on something like this.
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ya basicaly. if you are worried try flushing a couple extra times.
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