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Old 05-09-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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is it me or faulty part

im changing out the cooling system and i ran into a problem, the lower radiator hose does not match up with the new radiator i purchased, its a new hose i still have the old one and they are identical. im not sure if the radiator is wrong or if im suppose to do something special.. i have a 2005 bmw 325i, i purchased the radiator from advance auto zone,where i made them verfiy the part number and the correct vehicle..


The grooves on the new radiator are backwards, on the old radiator there is a small groove on top and a wider groove on bottem,(that goes for the old and new hose also) but in the new radiator the wider groove is on top and the smaller one on bottem. is this a faulty part or................
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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is it me or faulty part

Either wrong part or maybe auto vs manual radiator


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Old 05-09-2013, 08:39 PM   #3
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Advance Auto or Auto Zone?

What are the brands for the hose and radiator? It will help in determining which one is off-spec.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:43 PM   #4
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this is for an automatic m54 engine, i have searched the part number "432528" radiator to verfiy it myself, but it does not say if it is for a automatic or a manual. when ordering this part they told me its for an auto, i called several of there stores in my area and they all said the same, so i assume either there part is defective or they are giving me the wrong part out of not knowing what an auto is... the chooice is either standard or auto....so no one else has had this issue i guess
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:48 PM   #5
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part number for radiator is "432528" as for the hose its "11531436408" ,i think as i ordered both lower and upper at the same time online, oem
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:58 PM   #6
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Are the overall dimensions and size of the outlets of the new radiator the same as the old one?
Part designs can change over time, the replacement part may not look the same way.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:10 PM   #7
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the dimensions of the the outlet on the new radiator and old are the same, just the grooves on it are different, if i flip the hose up side down (which i did) then it goes on almost perfectly, except now the lower radiator hose sensor would be upside dwn and the hose wouldnt be able to attach to the thermostat, the hose would be now facing down and not up
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Would the old hose fit properly on the new radiator?
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:42 PM   #9
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no, neither hose would fit as they are identical to each other
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:33 AM   #10
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Check a online site like Pelican Parts with pictures of its parts and verify you have the all the correct ones for your year and model. Definitely sounds as if something is wrong.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:15 PM   #11
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I took the part back to advance auto ,which made me pissed, I had to take everything back off, I went to auto zone who had the right part I looked at the head on the lower radiator side to verify the right groove setup and install was a breeze... Everybody thx for the help!


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is it me or faulty part

I hate getting the wrong parts always make jobs longer than needed


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Old 05-11-2013, 02:15 AM   #13
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The lesson here is to test fit things, before you rip them out of your car.
It is a hard lesson, but I am sure you will remember it now. I would also add not buying parts from Advanced Auto (or Autozone, for that matter), but it is a bit late for that.
What brand of radiator did they sell you, and how much was it? I am curious to see if you even saved any money by buying it locally. I think you will find that it is much better to just buy OE parts off of the Internet. Most places would have shipped you that radiator for free. If they don't, then they probably charge too much anyway. You can almost always find free shipping for mechanical parts.
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