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Old 12-06-2006, 12:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow to update ya'll

Not too long ago i posted up that i blew my radiator and my cooling system was giving me problems.....the woes of many with the M50.

Anyway, i basicly narrowed it down to the water pump which needed to be checked and removed for inspection. HOWEVER the bolts on the pulley did not comply, and therefore were snapped.

Well upon removal of the old pump, it was being quite stubborn at first.....this was because the impellar on the inside was snapped! It seems it was lodged in the block and chunks of the brittle plastic were laying beside it.

I did install the new "high peformance" pump, new thermostat, radiator, hoses, and so forth. Tomarrow i will be reinstalling the fan clutch and fan to complete the job.

Ill let you all know if its something bigger than the water pump, such as the head gasket.
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that is a very common problem. Hopefully the "high performance" pump you installed has metal propellers. If not get ready for it to happen again.
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i heard that both the plastic and metal impellers were bad, the plastic ones broke, and the metal ones rusted away???

i sitll put a metal one on both bimmers i had
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Those metal impellers will give you 50 hp if you let them wear in for a year! Oh crap, you got rid of it.
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The mechanical drive shaft to the impeller on my water pump failed.

Not the impeller it self.... and I had the metal one too.

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the mechanical drive shaft snapped off the impellar....and the impeller itself wasnt looking to happy. The plastic peices snapped off and it was a mess.

I fired up the car today....NO WHITE SMOKE! YAY. anyway....after driving it for a bit, stayed at normal operating temp.
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Once i parked it, i popped the hood and stood on the drivers side to check my phone......then BOOM.....the return line to the radiator blew off, spraying radiator fluid all over the engine, the ground AND ME....yea that sucked especially since it was hot.

I think that one of the plastic peices might have made its way into the block and obstructed a passageway......or i just overlooked and didnt tighten the clamp strong enough. We'll see tomarrow
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Sounds like you didnt tighten down the clamp enough. Those hoses get some pretty pressure. They work themselves loose.
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