E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > General E46 Forum

General E46 Forum
This is the place to get answers, opinions and everything you need related to your E46 (sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon) BMW!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-12-2012, 06:19 PM   #21
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
Got the car back on the road. It had a lotta air.
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 06:22 PM   #22
jhaurimn
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 534
My Ride: 01' 330ci
Bleed the system . Drive the front on 2x4s to help the air out the bleed valve. Turn heat on highest temp and lowest fan speed (don't start car) and unscrew the bleed valve until coolant starts to come out. Have towels ready to avoid making a mess. Look to see if there is any air bubbles in the coolant, if there is none , screw the bleed valve back on . DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE BLEED SCREW . Very easy to strip this !! Then top off coolant to correct level. Now start car, unscrew bleed screw just a little to make double sure the air is out. Now go drive around until it gets to operating temp. Then allow car to cool fully. Then top off coolant.
__________________
PAST
2001 330ci - 117xxx (sold)
PRESENT
2001 M3 - 90xxx
1989 325i - 2??,???
jhaurimn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 06:23 PM   #23
jhaurimn
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 534
My Ride: 01' 330ci
Well at least you fixed it... Too bad I typed that all on my phone for nothing
__________________
PAST
2001 330ci - 117xxx (sold)
PRESENT
2001 M3 - 90xxx
1989 325i - 2??,???
jhaurimn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 06:23 PM   #24
Solidjake
Zero. Oil. Leaks.
 
Solidjake's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 22,274
My Ride: 2002 330i
Btw, Behr and Sachs are the OEM brands for fan clutches. How much did you spend on the new one?
Solidjake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 06:34 PM   #25
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
I just bled it again, it's fixed. Freaked me out -_- What's funny is that I just replaced the water pump thinking that would solve the loud fan noise and it did, but I can still hear a faint fan noise. Could this be the aux fan doing that?
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 07:14 PM   #26
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
I don't think I said that correctly, lol. I replaced the water pumpand fan clutch thinking either would solve the loud fan noise, but nope. As soon as I drove it after replacing the water pump it was completely gone, and after the overheat it came right back. If you guys have any idea what it could be it would be appreciated.
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 07:15 PM   #27
Solidjake
Zero. Oil. Leaks.
 
Solidjake's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 22,274
My Ride: 2002 330i
So how much did you pay?
Solidjake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 07:16 PM   #28
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
I spent around 68 I believe? I bought the meyle brand on bma parts.
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 07:18 PM   #29
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
Jhau, you didn't waste your time. You certainly gave me self assurance and pointed me the right way. Sheesh, the cooling system on this car is picky.

Thanks jhau !

Last edited by Solidjake; 10-12-2012 at 07:21 PM.
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 07:21 PM   #30
Solidjake
Zero. Oil. Leaks.
 
Solidjake's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 22,274
My Ride: 2002 330i
Could have added $120 more and done an electric fan swap.

More power, better acceleration, no damage to your hood/belts/etc, easy to take the fan out to work on the car, weight reduction, better mpg, etc.
Solidjake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 07:24 PM   #31
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
I see..although, I really want to fix sort things out one at a time. I really want to figure out why the loud fan sound persists.
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 10:03 PM   #32
jhaurimn
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 534
My Ride: 01' 330ci
The aux fan is probably what you are hearing and you shouldn't hear it very often .
__________________
PAST
2001 330ci - 117xxx (sold)
PRESENT
2001 M3 - 90xxx
1989 325i - 2??,???
jhaurimn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #33
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByBimmerApp1350097612.092071.jpg
Views:	35
Size:	101.8 KB
ID:	473670
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 10:10 PM   #34
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByBimmerApp1350097739.692611.jpg
Views:	103
Size:	78.0 KB
ID:	473671
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 10:12 PM   #35
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
I just found my problem..doh. I uploaded these two pictures so you fanatics can compare them. Do you see a difference ? Or better yet, the problem? I should know better than this : ) But I'll go ahead and have a laugh- so you should toooo ! Hahahahaha, oops.
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 10:29 PM   #36
MercForHire
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Waterloo,Ontario
Posts: 4,406
My Ride: 323Ci 5 Speed Black
your car is horrible! I have seen you post dozens of problems these couple month! life sucks!

Last edited by MercForHire; 10-12-2012 at 11:11 PM.
MercForHire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 10:41 PM   #37
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
Oh Merc, you have no idea how much I had to fix. I'm almost done though : ) I know I said I would replace the dampers, but I haven't had the time. I looked under the car and reviewed what needs to be replaced. I need the driver side control arm and both struts. Should I give up?
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 10:42 PM   #38
BimmersGarage
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Dallas, TX (USA)
Posts: 2,185
My Ride: E46 330i
Send a message via Skype™ to BimmersGarage


Dear lord..
How did you manage to install the clutch on backwards
BimmersGarage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 10:44 PM   #39
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByBimmerApp1350099825.815968.jpg
Views:	39
Size:	86.0 KB
ID:	473681

: )
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 10:46 PM   #40
always-there
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 1,220
My Ride: 2002 BMW 330I
I was so tired that day and nearly dehydrated-or better yet, dehydrated. That and I had to pick up my wife within the hour so I was rushing. Not making an excuse, but that's what happened. It was a rookie mistake, I should know better.
always-there is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use