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Old 08-21-2018, 09:37 PM   #25
markm1162
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Location: South Florida
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My Ride: 2003 325i
Year: 2003
Model: 325i
Transmission: Automatic
Well today was another great day NOT! Last night I tried sticking a piece of cardboard in the fan and sure enough it stopped dead which tells me that the fan clutch needed to be replaced. I spent a good part of the day getting the car 50 miles north and taking out the fan and shroud. What I found was that in fact it was the original fan clutch (Beher) and after I was able to successfully install the new fan clutch and saw that it passed the cardboard test, I then bled out the system and left the shop. Watching my OBD Fusion closely I saw that it was running between 200-215 degrees seeming to spike more at stop lights then when moving. The good news was that the coolant light nor the check engine light came on during the 15 minute 5 mile drive to where I was staying tonight. The question now is am I fixed or not? I think I bled it properly because I ran the heater full blast and no bubbles were coming out when I closed it up. I'm still not totally convinced the problem is completely solved but it's a start.
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