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Old 08-31-2009, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all i was wondering how high the temp should go on MY e36 M43?

I had to do a bit of waiting the other day on the motorway and she went upto 3/4 so i decided to swap lanes as i was worried...

Can someone tell me how high it will go before the viscus fan cuts in and also how will i know it is switched its self on as i have only ever seen it move normal speed.

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so you were stopped at a traffic jam when the temp went up?

did it go back down when you started going normal highway speeds?
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes it went back down to 1/2 the normal position.
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Your clutch type fan likely needs service.
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The temp gauge needle should always stay around the middle. I am not very fmiliar with the Euro M43-powered 318 -- does your car have an electric fan and a viscuous-coupled fan? I would first suspect the electric fan: a quick check is to turn on th A/C and see if the electric fan comes on (it should).
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Car does not have A/C its only got a viscious fan i have been told its chain driven also....
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Try to spin the fan when the car is off. It should spin with some resistance. If it spins too freely, then you probably need to replace the fan clutch.
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No, your fan is run by a FAN belt not a chain. Ever look at it when you open the hood?

Take it to the dealer for repair.
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No what i mean is my car is chain driven. As for the fan its self it has some resistance its just i have never owned 1 b4 and i wondered when the fan should cut in:-)
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