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Old 08-19-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Location: Cape Coral, FL
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My Ride: 2001 BMW 325 Ci
Back on the Road

I had taken my 325Ci to PA with me about a month ago. I plasti dipped my rims while I was up there at a buddies house, and we noticed something dripping from the car. I chalked it up to the A/C. Well on the way back south, the coolant light came on. I stopped, in a not so great area, and topped it off with what I could find, Peak full strength, better than nothing. Got back no problems, took it to my shop at work and pressure tested it, leaking at the core and plastic side tank. I was kinda stuck driving it for a few days while my F550 was in the shop because my mechanic dropped 3rd out of it after a new turbo install. Anyway I changed the oil and did pads, Adaptive One's, and noticed the rotors had a pretty good lip on them. Parked it until I got all the parts I needed, and finally got to it this past week after work.

Rotors: I went with the coated blanks from ECS, $156 front and rear. Paired with the Adaptive One pads, they rip your face off if you hit the brakes too hard.

Radiator: Just got a direct replacement form NAPA for $136. Yes I know I should have done a whole refresh, but I cant see replace parts that are not broke. Its not a DD either, so it can sit.

Rotors were petty easy once I realized there was a set screw to take off. The one rotor I was worried about, actually broke when I took it off. Good thing I parked it. Radiator was a bit harder than most I have done and it almost took off one of my fingernails in the process, but only took about 5 hours, which included running to Home Depot to buy a few tools. I used BMW coolant/distilled to refill what I had lost, which was almost 2 gals. That seemed really high considering I only got maybe a half gal out of the expansion tank and the rad. Which is concerning. The leak was not that much and I checked it every time I drove it or stopped. The light had only come on once, and the temp never hinted at going over the middle of the gauge. Anyway, I bleed it out and took it for a drive the other night. Unlocked the OBC and the coolant never went about 92C and stayed mostly at 88C dropping as far as 84C. Which is more than fine with me.

I must say it was a bit daunting at first, being a mechanic is part of my job. This is all stuff I have done many times before, but I have never really worked on a small car, let alone a German one. Now after doing two simple tasks, I feel like anything else is gonna be a cake walk. Which is good, because the oil pan gasket is starting to seep.

Please excuse the mess in the garage, I dont normally keep the BMW in there, so it all got thrown to the side to make it fit. And also the carpet in the burb, that used to be the daily/offroader.
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