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.
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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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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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?
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....
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