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Old 07-22-2010, 04:01 PM   #1
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Do i need a new radiator?

My car overheated today, and *look at the pic* this looks like to be cracked, do i need a new radiator? or a new coolant tank? or what? car coolant light will come on 10-15 min later after filling it full...
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:22 PM   #2
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:48 PM   #3
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What are we looking at again?
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:01 PM   #4
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That little crack/leaking area is the radiator...the thing in front with the ring is the upper cooling hose.

If that's it, that's the radiator, but make sure the source isn't just dripping down there.

Anyway, if radiator, you almost have to do expansion tank too and then you start reading cooling threads, realize how important the cooling system is, and want to do an overhaul...if you've not replaced many things like therm, water pump, belts, maybe pulleys, up/lower rad hose, then this is the time...given that circumstances allow. Otherwise, I'd still say ET and then prolly upper hose just coz it'll be so much easier not having to worry about et/up hose taking things apart after who knows how many years.

Read many cooling threads here until you get confused!

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Old 07-22-2010, 06:05 PM   #5
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If you have the extra 140$ to spare, id say get the radiator along with the et. 140$ is nothing compared to being broke down on the side of the road.
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:18 PM   #6
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I would say yes! While it may be possible to do a temp. repair with JB Weld, you will eventually have to replace the radiator. It is $140 from Pelican Parts. My radiator actually has the same problems, so I ordered one and it should be here soon. Pelican Parts also has a tech article on their website explaining the process on how to replace your radiator, I recommend looking at that if you have never done a radiator before and are considering doing it yourself. It is not difficult, just time consuming.
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Uh oh ryan.......looks like im going to be refunding that dynavin deposit....you need to do a cooling system overhaul, including the radiator.....pronto!

Ive done the overhaul on 3 different cars, its cheap insurance, do everything, then no worries for another 70k miles
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:27 PM   #8
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cars got 200k miles, i guess its breaking due to age jeff haha.

Badfast what does the radiator come with? or is it just the radiator?, i need a new expansion tank too i think and the hose that goes from the tank to the radiator where you bleed it...
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cars got 200k miles, i guess its breaking due to age jeff haha.

Badfast what does the radiator come with? or is it just the radiator?, i need a new expansion tank too i think and the hose that goes from the tank to the radiator where you bleed it...
It is just the radiator.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata...WATrad_pg1.htm

They have everything you need for you cooling system (expansion tank, hoses, etc.). I pretty much now use pelican parts whenever I need anything OEM.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:45 PM   #10
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It's your radiator - upper intake nozzle... As DMAX and other members has stated.

You definitely got your money's worth from the original radiator/components if they lasted to 200K+ miles. You should replace everything (cooling system wise, if they are still the original parts that's on the car from the factory) Because they aren't meant to last past ~80K miles.


If you need help I have a ton of DIY videos just follow my links below, they should help get you started.

Good luck.
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:35 PM   #11
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my car is a 316i, some still apply bimmer garage? i saw you in delmarcos post and wanted to contact you, thnks for jumping in, can you tell me everything i need since ima noob at this. i want to do a complete cooling system overhaul, with hoses and everything.
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