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Old 07-01-2007, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rad woes; I'd love some advice on a cooling system upgrade

I have developed a leak right at the top right corner of my rad ('97 328i). I dumped some rad stopleak in it and it was okay for a week or two and then the old "add coolant" message started flashing again. I could see where it had sprayed into the engine bay when the pressure got too high. I have nursed it along but the other day when i stopped the car my coolant began bubbling out from the filler cap all over my driveway. I haven't moved it since.
I am planning on replacing the rad myself and figure that this might be a good time to replace the water pump as well (I have about 65K miles on the car). I found this 'high performance' rad and pump combo at Bimmerworld
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I would love it if anyone would like to coment on whether I am clueless or not when it comes to this particular situation.
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As far as radiators I have no clue, maybe just get an OEM one? definetely get a waterpump with the metal impeller. Probably a good time to also do your thermostat. I still haven't done any of that with my BMW. Are your rad hoses looking a little worn out?
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you'll be fine with an oem radiator, replace the thermostat and waterpump as well, it's a good time to change your belts too, depending on what car you have, getting a metal thermostat housing is a good idea too, and if you want you can leave off the engine driven fan and do the fan delete while you're at it
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