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Old 06-29-2012, 01:01 PM   #401
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System is full of coolant everywhere. So open anything and fluid will drain out.
First drain the whole system.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:01 PM   #402
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im also replacing wp and pulley too, idk which to do first. Will coolant leak after i removed the wp?
No, coolant won't leak.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:18 PM   #403
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im also replacing wp and pulley too, idk which to do first. Will coolant leak after i removed the wp?
Best to drain the coolant before you remove anything. Don't forget to break the wp pulley bolts loose while the belt is still on.
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:17 PM   #404
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so the clowns at my local dealer gave me the wrong washer for the coolant drain plug... ugh.. im seeing a local store might have one now.. any change i may be able to get it locally somewhere other than BMW?

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Old 06-29-2012, 04:35 PM   #405
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You will probably be OK if you used the old one in a pinch.
Maybe a little sealant if in doubt.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:40 PM   #406
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ok ill probably just do that. i just dont want to have to flush and refill again.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:54 PM   #407
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Just don't want to over-tighten
stripping those threads would be a disaster.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:58 PM   #408
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i might take the 30 min ride to buy the damn washer... it would be hard to over tighten seeing as i can barely get my habd/wrench to undo/tighten the bolt lol
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:07 PM   #409
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You can't afford an extra $50 to get a new thermostat in there?? yikes.
What's the rest of this repair costing you already?

You could gamble on leaving the thermostat for another month. But it's just that--a gamble. And not doing hoses adds to the risk.
I'd drive very conservatively if I were you and stay close to home. Is that the way you want to live?
The job is already costing me about $700.00 as I am not mechanical so it is at a shop. The thermostat part is not the problem it is the labor. I think they said an extra 200.00 to do the thermostat!
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:19 PM   #410
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You're at a very expensive shop. Two hours to do a thermostat is excessive.
Experienced could do it in under 30 minutes.

I do understand your predicament.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:20 PM   #411
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i might take the 30 min ride to buy the damn washer... it would be hard to over tighten seeing as i can barely get my habd/wrench to undo/tighten the bolt lol
Seems like a hard place to wrench at first, but then you can do it when you get the position right.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:15 PM   #412
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Where do you guys order your cooling parts from? Turner motorsports? ECS tuning?

Mango?
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:27 PM   #413
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bmaparts.com has great prices

And you can always comparison shop at www.furiousmethod.com


Where do you work on your car if you're in the city?
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bmaparts.com has great prices

And you can always comparison shop at www.furiousmethod.com


Where do you work on your car if you're in the city?


Me? I buy the parts from turner motorsports or some cheap place and then bring the parts to a bmw indy like motorworks west in new jersey. And then just pay for labor.

Shops sometimes say 'were not really a bring your own parts kinda shop' and i say dont worry about it its my car ill bring the parts.

I keep my baby in a garage in new jersey.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:57 PM   #415
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Where do you guys order your cooling parts from? Turner motorsports? ECS tuning?

Mango?
+1 FuriousMethod.com. Then I looked up places that tend to always be the lowest or one of the lowest, there's about 5 or 6 that you will see always mentioned on the boards.

Price ranges for specific items can be pretty big. I wanted all OE, and for overall total spent, I've done great at TheBMWPartstore.com. You can email Mike there, he was a huge help to me in making sure I got the correct parts for my e46.
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:45 PM   #416
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+1 FuriousMethod.com. Then I looked up places that tend to always be the lowest or one of the lowest, there's about 5 or 6 that you will see always mentioned on the boards.

Price ranges for specific items can be pretty big. I wanted all OE, and for overall total spent, I've done great at TheBMWPartstore.com. You can email Mike there, he was a huge help to me in making sure I got the correct parts for my e46.

Are you a bias ad?
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:59 PM   #417
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I'm doing this next weekend and got all my parts from bmaparts.com (as mentioned in the very first post in this thread). Cheaper than anywhere else I could find, especially for the radiator.

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Old 07-09-2012, 04:16 PM   #419
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Overhauling my cooling system and now ordering parts. Are there o-rings I need to order while I'm at it?
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:18 PM   #420
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Overhauling my cooling system and now ordering parts. Are there o-rings I need to order while I'm at it?
My water pump and thermostat housing both came with new rings. I didn't order new rings for anything, and I don't recall thinking I should have.
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