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| Originally posted by Eric S.@Dec 17 2004, 11:38 PM |
Please forgive my newbie-ness coupled with just enough research to be dangerous, but I am currently living in fear of a catastrophic failure of my coolant system any day now in my virginal 105K-mile 1999 540i/6, based on the info postings/stories I've read here and at other sites.
I've had no trouble so far, and in fact have not seen any drop in coolant level since I initially topped off the radiator right after buying my car in October.* I am on my original radiator and all hoses, and per service records, there's never been a problem with this system in my car.* It's just that I've just read these bits about the radiator letting go in hi-mile 540's, or the water pump blowing up, and/or one or more heater hoses or radiator hoses going South in a manner requiring a tow to the nearest BMW shop.
I plan to do a total coolant replacement in the next two weeks while off from work, using genuine BMW coolant and distilled water, of course.
1) Am I being too paranoid?
2) If not, are there any warning signs prior to should I watch for prior to catastrophic failure?* Will I notice coolant disappearing first?
3) Should I go ahead and just pre-emptively replace everything?
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| Originally posted by rsn48@Dec 18 2004, 05:41 PM |
IF you are paranoid, why do a radiator flush. Coolant that is old wrecks coolant systems. Rad flushes are cheap enough.
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