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Old 11-17-2013, 02:00 AM   #21
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the floor jack is on sale for 80 btw $$$
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:52 AM   #22
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hello wildirish317, i found this stepbystep http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...mp-sensor.html. it seems like i just need an 8 and 10mm wrench and a pair of needlenosed pliers or screwdriver. does this seem accurate to you? thanks.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:23 PM   #23
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^ that looks like a good DIY to follow. Have a container of some sorts to catch the coolant, make sure the coolant isn't hot (don't attempt this directly after a long drive, coolant will be hot), take your time and I think you'll be ok. If you have a friend that is semi mechanically inclined, it might not hurt to buy him/her some beer and or some food to help out even if its just for moral support. Never, ever, ever climb under the vehicle with that crappy jack BMW gives you, you could be seriously injured or killed, even in this situation where you're not removing the wheels/tires, I wouldn't trust it at all. I only use mine if I have a flat on the road. I use other jacks if I'm doing work at home or at work.

Let us know how it goes!

EDIT: $400 for a battery is highway robbery! When mine died, I picked out a comparable battery to OEM at Autozone, that was at least 3 years ago, no trouble since. But don't worry, I once paid them (the dealer) something like $150 to replace the lower intake boot on the car. I thought whatever was wrong with it would be covered under extended warranty, nope, not that rubber boot. The part was $20, and I know I could have done it myself. Live and learn!
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:37 PM   #24
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thank you, marcus, for your reply. i have the parts ordered. i haven't gotten the jack yet, but i won't get under there without one, bought or borrowed. i will be back here often especially while waiting for parts to come in. .do you think my short list and some containers are all i need? if so, i'll order the jack and the creeper today. and some jack backups. i am going to give it my best! will let you know for sure! thanks. i also tried to get registered at xoutpost but there is a bit of turnaround time.
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:05 PM   #25
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Sorry, been away for a bit. The DIY you found should work. The ends of the hose have plastic connectors that slip over the nozzle on the radiator and water pump. You need a flat blade screwdriver to pop the retaining clips out of the connectors, and the hose should just pull right off. Make sure you bleed the system when finished.
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:09 PM   #26
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Here's a link to the X5 bleed. It's similar to the E46. http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...lant-3-0i.html
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:52 PM   #27
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thank you wildirish317 for the feedback and for the link! much appreciated!
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #28
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Glad we could help, thats what forums are for!
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:18 PM   #29
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:55 PM   #30
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:20 AM   #31
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while i'm looking online everywhere I can think of....I am also posting it here. If any of you wizards know what this is, please enlighten me. i got the jack stands, the floor jack and wuala, I took off the dirt covers and this fell out from somewhere. i hoping you can point me in the right direction, once again. thanks
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:59 PM   #32
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chapter 2

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Old 01-27-2014, 09:08 PM   #33
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Hey folks, first post here. I've been reading and searching for a good while but finally I got ssome questions I really need answered.

Cu. etly I am in the middle of a radiator/ t stat/ upper and lower hose replacement..on a 5speed m52TU 99 323i ect.
I drained the block & took a bit of a antifreeze bath. Took/ wrestled all the hoses off the radiator, and drained that too.

Heres the bad part. i had heard that the radiator comes out easly with the expansion tank still attached and then seperating them is easier. Not the case. After realising i was reading a lame diy that did not mention the lower e tank hose, I had the radiator loose making that lower hose damn near impossible.

I Had to jack the car up a lot higher, and snip the tie that holds that hose to the frame giving some room to pull. Bam finally got it off.

Got them both out, & kindof more forcefully than i would have liked. The top hose that connects the etank and radiator was just LOCKED on there, not wanting to break the tank i chipped around the inlet of the radiator( where the crack was) and with a little bit of a twist got them apart fine. But the mounting plate had broken more than I would like to reuse. Had to call BMW for another (60$) facepalm.

So this is actually the bad part, and my questions.

1 during this process, the radiator(?) that is in the front ( closer to the bumper) of the coolant radiator, was barely marred, but its a tossup If it will leak or not.

What is this part called? What's its purpose? Fingers crossed its the A/C. But I cannot find it listed anywhere.
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Old 02-16-2014, 05:50 PM   #34
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Lower rad hose fan switch o ring

For what it is worth and I am sure not the first to try it. Two years ago the o ring started leaking on my 2005 e46. I pulled it out wrapped Teflon tape around it(4 wraps) pushed it back in and it has been bone dry since then. I have two spare o rings and if it did start leaking again I would probably wrap the new one with teflon before putting it .
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:08 PM   #35
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Just did a full cooling system repair on my 330i and i would recommend to remove the fan to give you more room to remove the lower radiator hose as there is also a sensor to remove and clips to pry off. On my automatic, the fan shroud was blocking access to the lower hose.

My lower hose was never changed till a few days ago and was stuck on super tight. Here's an easy trick to remove the lower rad hose without using extreme brute force. After removing the fan - just grab and squeeze the hose near the end you want to remove and give it a little yank and it should just come right off - easy!

Not sure if 5-speeds are the same as an Automatic, but make sure you change the Radiator/Auxiliary Fan Switch in the Lower Radiator Hose, or you'll get a leak when you reattach the sensor. Peace of mind for $17 for new sensor or just buy a new green gasket for $1.
This WORKED!

Thank you very much
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:34 PM   #36
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Another temporary/alternative fix for the o-ring

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I pulled it out wrapped Teflon tape around it(4 wraps) pushed it back in and it has been bone dry since then.
For what it's worth, I'll add my experience form this afternoon. I replaced the lower hose, not even realizing that the sensor o-ring needs replacing... until I came across this thread after springing a leak.

I have no way to get a replacement o-ring right away, but I need the car for work on Monday. My solution was to walk to Lowes and buy a pack of #41 o-rings. This size is very thin, and one will fit perfectly around the outer circumference of the sensor housing (the part where the sensor housing actually meets with the hose housing, if that makes sense).

Of course, it takes a little more effort to get the sensor to "click" back in place, since the extra mass is there but it will go in without too much force. I'm still going to replace the o-ring ASAP, but this is another good temporary fix.
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