Cooling Issues ...

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Cooling Issues ...

Postby anders20981 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:32 am

So my e36 is refusing to cool down, the other night on my way home from a friends house, (was driving the car fairly hard), it strangely began to overheat. Once I noticed my gauge go past the 3/4 line I puled over to let it cool, after 30 minuets or so it returned to normal level, so I set off (only 20 blocks from home) by the time I got home it was on the edge of the red zone. This morning it started up fine no smoke/vapors/smells/sounds... but after 5 minuets of driving, it was climbing past midway. So far I've checked the thermostat, and mostly ruled out a blown head gasket, (thank god), tomorrow I'll check the water pump and radiator, Any other things to check? or any words of wisdom?
One thing I noticed in my drive this morning even when the engine was warm the heat wouldn't work??

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Re: Cooling Issues ...

Postby JFM325is » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:49 am

heat could be something completely off, check to make sure coolant is toped off. I thought my coolant was ok only to find that adding just a quarter more to the resivoir made the problem go away. If anything I think it might have something to do with your water pump. The water pump in these cars are known to have issues cause they are plastic. If you havent already replaced it I would suggest you do, broken or not.
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Re: Cooling Issues ...

Postby anders20981 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:12 am

It was the water pump indeed :) thanks for the advice!
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