Quote Originally Posted by Supercourse Yes torx bits needed for sure to get the air duct off on the 2. But might be possible to do it without removing it or the fan I replaced mine without removing the radiator fan.
N52 engine though. Either way the thread I provided was a point of reference no need to get that involved in it. See if you may remove the air-duct that lays over the upper-hose and you should be fine.
No the washer fluid pump is completely separate and not even near the coolant radiator. There is nothing to dismantle for the washer pump its a simple unplug-install new pump-replug sort of thing. Could just be coincidence with the washer pump repair and you independently suffered the misfortune of a cracked coolant reservoir tank. I think that is the only weak link in the cooling system - other 3 series models have several weak links.
Mind you a tech. I saw one near the bottom of the expansion tank is the second one on the other side on the bottom of the radiator I didnt look for it. And where would I find the third Also if I flush the system do I just need to drain it all fill m1 carbine rebuild marks back up and then bleed the system or is there more it it than that.
OK so maybe I wont go on the wild goose hunt for the third plug since it is winter still here in the East PA - Ive seen the first blue plug near the bottom of the expansion tank is the 2nd one obvious to find for the radiator once I look for it. This is where you grab ahold of it with both hands and as you pull it away from the radiator move it up and down left and right.
It is on pretty damn tight as you well know by now If you cut the hose you may end up with the same problem at the other end where it connects to the thermostat housing.
Then again it does have a few years on it and a new hose would not be a bad thing Good Luck. Good advice Another thing to consider is since you are in the P. Is the condensor radiator free from leaves or anything else that would keep it from doing its job One thing I have noticed is that european AC units dont seem to be as effective in expreme weather as the U.
I had a Tahoe AC. Could be lots of places none of them good. The heater system uses that coolant too so do you have any wet spots under the carpet If so then you probably have a heater core hose leak.
Another place is the head gasket. Do you have any white smoke coming from the exhaust when you start up Another place is of course the engine radiator itself. Hoses plastic expansion tank. Finally the water pump. TIA cheers vern No mine works fine. However the radiator on the other hand needed to be replaced. Nothing like a not even 2 week old car having that done. Troy Look at my sig. As far as not breaking stuff-all of it is plastic and pretty durable.
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As with any BMW, they are reliable when properly taken care of.I have a BMW x3 i just got the cooling system replaced about 2 months ago and the radiator replaced two days ago yet my car is still over heating. Does anyone have any suggestions on what could be the underlying problem? A foreign object inside the cooling system. A failed water pump - A water pump failure is one of the more regular causes for overheating.
The water pump is the most active component in the cooling system and is responsible for maintaining coolant circulation. Over time, the bearing or impeller inside the water pump can wear or break, and the impeller will no longer turn. A bad sensor if the sensor is not operating it will not turn the fans on when it reaches temp.
Hummingbird answered 2 years ago. Vinnita36 answered 7 months ago. Oh gosh! I recently fixed the radiator and the thermostat. The beamer is still running hot.
If I run it for 5 minutes the radiator hose sound like it's about to explode. I need to know what's wrong asap. Why is my BMW X3 running hot while driving short distances but does not run hot while driving far. Hello, my car was running hot, but not leaking so I changed the thermostat. Then I pulled the plug adjust screw at the bottom of the radiator and drained it and replaced it. I filled and added t My BMW ci convertible keeps overheating.
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