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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-09-2012, 10:20 AM
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Angry overheating still!!!

so car started overheating last week, putting water in and it was pouring out just as fast. Upon an inspection the water pump had cracked, replaced water pump and head gasket seals due to milky residue in top rocker, drained oil and coolant system, new oil filter. filled up with new oil and water, still overheating, and still has milky residue on inside of rocker. stumped please help!!!
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:26 AM
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1. Leak down test.

2. Compression test.

3. 9 for 10 you have pooched your head gasket and it will cost you ~$1200.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:27 PM
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compression test done cylinders fine, have been reading something about a pcv valve?????
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:33 PM
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Slow down.. you're doing E,F,G without doing A, B, & C, FIRST.

Did you bleed the cooling system properly?
its rather tricky on the E36.

Condensation may be giving you the "milky" residue..

Bleed cooling system.
HINT: get nose of car higher than engine
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:44 PM
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have spent hours releasing and unreleasing the bleeding screw and watching and hearing steam coming out where abouts is the bleed valve on the engine block?
have flushed out cooling system, only thing not checked is rad.

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:57 PM
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have spent hours releasing and unreleasing the bleeding screw and watching and hearing steam coming out where abouts is the bleed valve on the engine block?
have flushed out cooling system, only thing not checked is rad.
You mean, tightening, and loosening, or releasing.. there is no "unreleasing".

The bleed screw is here:

DIY here:
http://www.bimmerdiy.com/diy/e36coolingsystem/

AFAIK.. there isnt a "bleed" screw on the block.
There is a drain plug.



Where are you "hearing" steam escaping ?
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:07 PM
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yes tightening then loosening and the steam is coming from bleed screw once it is loosened, and engine has run for a while.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:11 PM
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Park on ramps in your driveway, nose up. Let the car idle for a few minutes, loosen the bleed screw until you get fluid coming out for a while. Steam just means you still have air in the system.

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Old 08-09-2012, 01:24 PM
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Did you bleed the cooling system properly?
its rather tricky on the E36.

Bleed cooling system.
HINT: get nose of car higher than engine
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Park on ramps in your driveway, nose up. Let the car idle for a few minutes, loosen the bleed screw until you get fluid coming out for a while. Steam just means you still have air in the system.
There is a echo in here..
Keep repeating me.. its a nice form of flattery.

NO, you should not have "FLUID COMING OUT FOR A WHILE"..
WTF?

Act like you're NOT a polluter..

Little bubbles.. not streaming fluid.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:03 PM
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well, i think that you may have a warped or cracked head. did you have a machine shop look at it?? if not, then stop right now and take a combustion gas leak test. you can get the kit from almost any parts house and it's simple to use and confirms the presence of co2 in the coolant. (this can only happen when combustion chamber gasses leak past the combustion chamber via headgasket or cracked head)


if it comes back positive, then bleeding will not do anything. take it apart. again. send the head out to get checked.

go from there.


the type of kit is like this one in the link below.

http://www.arrowheadradiator.com/hea..._leak_test.htm



good luck.



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Old 11-27-2012, 08:07 AM
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start the car leave the tank cap off and see if large bubbles rise if so then a gauranteed cracked head! aluminum does not take heat very well!!! also white smoke out the exhaust after the car is warmed up to temp
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:08 AM
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He's going back 2-3 months and replying to every dead thread on the forum. Why? I mean, his advice is good, but a little late to be useful.
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