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Old 02-05-2013, 03:14 PM   #981
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Shouldn't you put back in the bleeder screw before using the turkey baster?
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:17 PM   #982
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Shouldn't you put back in the bleeder screw before using the turkey baster?
the bleed hole is just another hole like where the expansion tank cap goes, so not necessary.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:29 PM   #983
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Alright, danke
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:55 PM   #984
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mango where is the drain bolt to drain out old coolant?
On the underside of the block on the passenger side.
Nasty to get a socket on and takes some wrist strength with one hand on a 3/8" drive.

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Old 02-08-2013, 06:18 PM   #985
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I searched and didn't find an answer.....on my Jag, the temp guage was a "feel good" stay in the middle idiot light until all hell broke loose gauge. Does the E46 work the same way? We had a forum member who came up with a fix (new circuit board), and now I know the actual temp. The same mod would be very useful to us if this is the case. It would prevent the all of a sudden the needle goes to the "engine toast" position.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:49 PM   #986
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Ours works the same way.
Would be very popular if someone could come up with a mod kit.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:41 PM   #987
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Yup ours works the same way, I recall someone making a buzzer of some sort?
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:10 PM   #988
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yeah it's called coolant snitch

http://www.zhpregistry.net/Tech/CoolantSnitch.aspx
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:59 PM   #989
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That serves one purpose, but it does not modulate the temp gauge to give an accurate temperature reading.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:53 AM   #990
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bad water pump sound

Im replacing my entire cooling system today minus radiator. Here is a quick video why. this had been going on for over a year when the car was still my sisters.

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at least you're smart enough to have a manual.
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Seeing your car is a 2001 I would throw a new radiator in there if it's original, even if it's a low mileage vehicle. 13 years of heating and cooling cycles take their toll on the plastics of the unit. It's short money for a MT $132.95 from my local source. It would really suck to get everything back together only to find a leak from reassembly.
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Seeing your car is a 2001 I would throw a new radiator in there if it's original, even if it's a low mileage vehicle. 13 years of heating and cooling cycles take their toll on the plastics of the unit. It's short money for a MT $132.95 from my local source. It would really suck to get everything back together only to find a leak from reassembly.
+1. the seals that hold the endtanks to the main body are just about done. also theres a chance you WILL damage your lower radiator plastic outlet as you remove that lower hose. very brittle.
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The operation was a success! took only a few hours and was very easy. The radiator was dated 2010 so I was good to go there.
I just got back from doing burnouts

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The operation was a success! took only a few hours and was very easy. The radiator was dated 2010 so I was good to go there.
I just got back from doing burnouts

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The operation was a success! took only a few hours and was very easy. The radiator was dated 2010 so I was good to go there.
I just got back from doing burnouts

thanks guys
Burnouts yep, next will be your fuel pump going out, and fuel filter. Just sayin'

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Burnouts yep, next will be your fuel pump going out, and fuel filter. Just sayin'
that was done a couple years ago already, but thanks for the positive vibes man
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Burnouts yep, next will be your fuel pump going out, and fuel filter. Just sayin'
Not to digress from the point of this thread but I'm dying to know the correlation between burnouts and fuel pump & filter failure.....
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Not to digress from the point of this thread but I'm dying to know the correlation between burnouts and fuel pump & filter failure.....
its a long story. catch up on all the new maintenance threads and you'll see.
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