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I just bought a 1998 BMW 528i and had it for 45 minutes when the radiator blew. The upper hose on the right came off and with it was the threaded plastic piece that is part of the radiator. I need some advice on getting it fixed and if there could be underlying problems beside this. Which New radiator, Nissens or Behr? and will garages install a part that I were to buy do you think?
There could be a problem with the waterpump, very common that the plastic impeller overheats and separates from the shaft cauing the car to overheat and breaking the upper part of the radiator. As far as a shop installing a part supplied by you, most places shouldn't have a problem if you provide them with a quality part. You probably won't get any warranty aside from the installation. I would use the Behr. HTH
Bad luck..............Have a look at the water pump..........never a strong point on the cars we drive !
If the radiator is the problem it should be easily fixed,or if even worse than that you could have it re-cored.A re-cored one is usually about half the price of a new one. Myself I would go for a brand new one from BMW dealer.If you do that you'll know exactly where you are.Change all the hoses while you are on the job also.
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