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Old 05-12-2005, 10:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I know bmw's typically have some radiator issues
My car got in a wreck a long time ago, pretty much everything was replaced

anyways my radiator fluid is getting less and less, it is VERY VERY slowly though, and I see no drips under my car?


any ideas where it would be at lik e, where typically on bmw's does it leak at?
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Had this problem - is this in relation to the bumper accident?
This is a typical problem with the e36's as far as I know. The problem usually is a leak from the transmission radiator in the front just behind the two grilles; a stone chip or minor dent can cause a relatively insignificant leak; but this is a transmission radiator, so this has the potential to be a very expensive fix if not done soon.
The trans radiator itself is 80-100 dollars depending on who you're getting it from (any more and you're being ripped off). Forking over another $50-100 for installation/replacement would be normal, unless you plan on doing it yourself. If this is the case, you should also get your transmission flushed - might as well.
To see if this may be the problem, lay some paper towels under your car overnight, just underneath the center of the front bumper. If you see pinkish splotches the next morning, get that fixed!
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wouldnt I see them under the ground where I park my car though


and btw this was happening before the wreck by the way.

just the little fluid thing that holds your radiator fluid seems to be getting less, A MINUTE AMOUNT
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You might see it, you might not, depends on how slow/fast the leak is. It was just a suggestion; there are other places to leak as well, of course,
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