temperture meter - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-08-2004, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
bmw_m3power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Car:
Posts: 56
Photos:
bmw_m3power is an unknown quantity at this point
my temperture meter dosen't go over the blue block, it stay right on the end of the blue block after I was on the highway for 2 or 3 hours.

is this normal?
bmw_m3power is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-08-2004, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
2nd Gear Member
 
Mach 5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Denver, Colorado
Car:
Posts: 391
Photos:
Mach 5 has a reputation beyond reputeMach 5 has a reputation beyond reputeMach 5 has a reputation beyond reputeMach 5 has a reputation beyond reputeMach 5 has a reputation beyond reputeMach 5 has a reputation beyond reputeMach 5 has a reputation beyond reputeMach 5 has a reputation beyond reputeMach 5 has a reputation beyond reputeMach 5 has a reputation beyond reputeMach 5 has a reputation beyond repute
No this is not normal. It should read halfway, usually straight up and down vertically. Sounds like you may have a thermostat that could be stuck open, or a guage that is reading incorrectly. Check the resistance on the temperature sending unit to see if it is within spec. If it is drain the coolant and replace the thermostat. If the waterpump is the origional plastic impeller one, since the coolant is drained you might think about replacing it also.
Ben
__________________
"It's not because I'm an aggressive driver, it's because I'm an idiot" actual quote from my wife.
Mach 5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2004, 07:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
bmw_m3power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Car:
Posts: 56
Photos:
bmw_m3power is an unknown quantity at this point
that will only happen when I turn on the heater , if the heater is off then it will read half way.
bmw_m3power is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2004, 09:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
bimmerbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Car:
Posts: 50
Photos:
bimmerbill is an unknown quantity at this point
turning on the heat will cool donw your engine in effect

i second the vote for a thermostat

i just replaced mine about 2 weeks ago for the same problem . . . takes a long time for the engine to heat up, cools down on the highway, turning down the heat raised the engine temp.
__________________
"we stared perfection in the eye, perfection blinked" BMW
bimmerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2004, 11:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
Defector
 
El Presidente's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Long Island
Car:
Posts: 5,973
Photos:
El Presidente is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to El Presidente
I would check it out when I had the time. Running cold is better than running hot, just take it easy on the engine.
__________________
<span style='color:gray'><span style='font-family:Courier'>1995 e36 3 Series RIP
1999 e46 3 Series BURN IN HELL
2000 MR-S Roadster= Current</span></span>
El Presidente is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2004, 12:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
bmw_m3power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Car:
Posts: 56
Photos:
bmw_m3power is an unknown quantity at this point
can I replace the thermostat myself?
if I can, can anyone tell me how to do it?
what is the other thing I have to do to take easy on the engine?(or other thing I have to watch out for)
bmw_m3power is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2004, 06:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
bimmerbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Car:
Posts: 50
Photos:
bimmerbill is an unknown quantity at this point
remove radiator with hoses
manuver shroud out of the way
use swivel sockets and japanese fingers to get by your fan
remove thermostat housing
replace the thermostat and reassemble

note: the fan should be removed (by the book), however it is not nessecary with the right tools
__________________
&quot;we stared perfection in the eye, perfection blinked&quot; BMW
bimmerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2004, 06:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
dutchbmw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: SW Minnesota
Car:
Posts: 5,370
Photos:
dutchbmw has a reputation beyond reputedutchbmw has a reputation beyond reputedutchbmw has a reputation beyond reputedutchbmw has a reputation beyond reputedutchbmw has a reputation beyond reputedutchbmw has a reputation beyond reputedutchbmw has a reputation beyond reputedutchbmw has a reputation beyond reputedutchbmw has a reputation beyond reputedutchbmw has a reputation beyond reputedutchbmw has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to dutchbmw
think it is the thermostat or the temperature sensor...........
__________________
BMW '96 M3 (SOLD)
June 2005 Car Of The Month!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torque
I was just dropped off here by aliens one day. They got bored with me.
dutchbmw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2004, 01:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
bmw_m3power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Car:
Posts: 56
Photos:
bmw_m3power is an unknown quantity at this point
wow,I don't thing I can to that myself.
what if I didn't replace the thermostat for let's say 3-4 month will the car still be ok?
I just spend $530 on ball joins and I still need to replace my rear brake and everything
so I am broke. do anyone know how much is to replace the thermostat?
bmw_m3power is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2004, 03:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Car:
Posts: 8
Photos:
bimmerjac is an unknown quantity at this point
I just replaced the thermostat in an e39 because the two plate one from early 97 finally bit the dust. It continually stayed open and the temp would hardly exit the blue.

Total time for replacement was 1.5 hours but I could not have done it without the water pump tool. $20.99 for the thermostat, $1.01 for the housing gasket, and $30.00 for the water pump tool and 32mm wrench.

One thing I am not sure of is the proper procedure for venting the coolant after completion. Does anyone have ideas on doing this without an expansion tank pressure tool or do I actually need one?
bimmerjac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2004, 04:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
bimmerbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Car:
Posts: 50
Photos:
bimmerbill is an unknown quantity at this point
on my e36 i just filled the coolant and ran the car with the coolant bleeder open til the car reached operating temp. giving the engine a few good revs willl help during the procedure also.
__________________
&quot;we stared perfection in the eye, perfection blinked&quot; BMW
bimmerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2004, 05:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
bmw_m3power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Car:
Posts: 56
Photos:
bmw_m3power is an unknown quantity at this point
I still can't do it myself, do you guys think it could be the temperture causing this to happen?
I live in MA USA and is really cold here is below 0 degrees.

the reason I ask that is because I stop driving my bimmer, I am afraid is going to break the engine or something, that happen to me before with my Lexus and I have to replace the engine so I really don't want that to happen again, so I drove my cousins car and his car is an acura, it do the samething although the acura dosen't have the blue block but the meter is not even in half way is kinda close. so my friend told me it could be the weather in MA because is so cold up here.

for the guys who replace their thermostat where are you guys live? is the weather very cold in the place you live?

if you live in texas and your temp meter do that then I got no question but if not then
I don't know what to say.

the question stand still what if I didn't change the thermostat(I leave it along) for 3-5 month and keep driving what will happen?
bmw_m3power is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2004, 05:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
2nd Gear Member
 
mikester328's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Car:
Posts: 380
Photos:
mikester328 is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to mikester328
I go to college in Boone NC, (in the mountains) and even when I'm driving for 2 hours it never goes out of the blue area. Once I hit a decent tempurture (around 40) it'll start to move out of the blue area. I'm pretty sure it's the outside temp.
mikester328 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2004, 08:59 PM   #14 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Car:
Posts: 8
Photos:
bimmerjac is an unknown quantity at this point
Bimmerbill - thanks for the reply.

That is what I did and all seems well but I read in the TIS about a coolant presure tool and was not sure if I had to use it or 'could' use it.

Bimmer m3power -

I live in upstate New York and today it barely made it above +1 and my temp reading held steady in the middle of the guage. The summer before last I was in Boston when it was 100+ and my temp reading was in the middle of the guage. My recomendation is to repace the faulty thermostat as soon as possible because the fact that it is not working properly is concerning. It is true that a cool engine is not as bad as an overheated one but failure to replace it could cause excessive wear otherwise why would we need them.... right?

Does your local BMWCCA have anyone with the tools and the talent?
bimmerjac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2004, 02:28 AM   #15 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Car:
Posts: 43
Photos:
NVSBMW is an unknown quantity at this point
MINE DOES THE SAME SHIT DPENDING ON HOW I DRIVE...FOR INSTANCE ON A HIGHWAY IT WILL GO TOWARD THE BLUE IF IM DRIVING IN TRAFFIC IT WILL GO TO THE MIDDLE...THE MORE I USE THE GEARS THE MORE HOTTER IT GETS IF IM JUST CRUISING ON A LONG STREET IT WILL SLOWLY GO TOWARDS THE BLUE LIKE A QUATER....
NVSBMW is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cylinder 3 Misfire, Related To Air Mass Meter? jasonharlos 3-Series (E46, E90) 8 10-06-2009 10:13 AM
Air Flow Meter partlow 3-Series (E36) 1 02-18-2005 08:19 AM
Air Flow Meter Test TommyG 3-Series (E21, E30) 12 01-17-2005 04:05 PM
Air flow meter difference? M5power 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 2 07-01-2004 03:04 PM
Help on Air flow meter BmWNoobie 3-Series (E21, E30) 1 09-11-2003 04:04 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:11 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.