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Old 11-16-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Will someone measure the radiator fluid level stick for me..

The PO of my 2000 323i E46 BROKE the fluid level stick in the expansion tank. Not much was broken off, but enough that I cant be sure if I have the right level of Radiator fluid..
Would someone do this.. measure the stick inside the expansion tank from the bottom of the stick to the full mark and let me know what it is.
And No I don't know how he did it..
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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I'm sure dmax will be along, but I think it's 5.5". Not to open a can of worms again, but you can fill it all the way full and the system will purge itself of excess...some people disagree here. I'm not big on needlessly replacing the entire cooling system, but it might not be a bad idea to go ahead and replace the ET and water pump if you don't know the age of those parts.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:56 PM   #3
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I'm sure dmax will be along, but I think it's 5.5". Not to open a can of worms again, but you can fill it all the way full and the system will purge itself of excess...some people disagree here. I'm not big on needlessly replacing the entire cooling system, but it might not be a bad idea to go ahead and replace the ET and water pump if you don't know the age of those parts.
Your 100% correct.. I'm absolutely planning to do that, but for the time being I would like to be as close as possible..
Just to confirm, you think it 5.5" from the bottom of the stick to the full mark?
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Your 100% correct.. I'm absolutely planning to do that, but for the time being I would like to be as close as possible..
Just to confirm, you think it 5.5" from the bottom of the stick to the full mark?
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It's 5.5" from top of the filler neck ...or another way, is look at the float...when it's 'just' touching the bottom of the bracket that holds the float and your broken dipstick...you shouldn't see coolant above the float at all. About 2 cups of air is in there.

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You wil be as close as you can get if you fill the fluid until the nub is even with the top of the filler hole.

There is absolutely no reason to get this "perfect". If there was ever a job where "close enough," was good enough, filling the radiator is it.
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It's 5.5" from top of the filler neck ...or another way, is look at the float...when it's 'just' touching the bottom of the bracket that holds the float and your broken dipstick...you shouldn't see coolant above the float at all. About 2 cups of air is in there.

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I can do that thanks...
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You wil be as close as you can get if you fill the fluid until the nub is even with the top of the filler hole.

There is absolutely no reason to get this "perfect". If there was ever a job where "close enough," was good enough, filling the radiator is it.
Your right... I was just bored at work and thought I would get the VERY BEST answer I could...

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you can fill it all the way full and the system will purge itself of excess...
It might not be a bad idea to go ahead and replace the et and water pump if you don't know the age of those parts.
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