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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 08-27-2007, 12:00 PM
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help!

Anyways, this past sunday my radiator decided that it was time to depart. so, I'm looking for a new one. What's a good brand? I was leaning toward get a Behr. Any suggestions
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Old 08-27-2007, 12:18 PM
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OEM are good buddy

I use one from an E36 328i with A/C as it is bigger (apparently)
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Old 08-27-2007, 12:20 PM
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thanks, would I have to worry about it breaking again?
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In theory...no mate

Change your waterpump for one with metal impellers (if you have not already) while you have all that stuff out and it should all be good
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Unless you're turbo charging or driving across the desert in the Dakar Rally the OEM replacement will be fine.
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Unless you're turbo charging or driving across the desert in the Dakar Rally the OEM replacement will be fine.
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Except the metal impellers wear out too. There is a composite impeller that came about after the metal impeller that supposedly is the one to get.

So it went plastic, metal, plastic and one of the plastics is desirable. Clear as mud, isn't it? (I just went with metal last time I changed one - I knew it had a decent, if not indefinite, lifespan).
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I can personally vouch for the sh!ttiness of the first plastic impeller water pumps. I was lucky enough to have mine disassemble itself, along with the outer water pump housing on my way home from the dealership where i bought the car. No kidding, if you search far enough back you can proably find the thread i made about it.
I replaced it with one of the updated plastic ones and haven't had a problem since, some 25,XXX miles later.
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That sucks!!

I got a third party metal one which seems very good (though difficult to tell hehehe)
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Well I think even the disintegrating plastic ones had a 40k mile life expectancy. It's just not something you want to have go out. It's espeically not something you want to have fail and not notice your temp gauge.
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Well it's done... 1 hour later.... lol. But after I changed it, I think there was a air bubble in it, from when the hose broke. So that took a while to work out... So now I have completely changed my entire cooling system. aluminum thermostat housing, thermostat, Hoses, stewart high performance waterpump.... and now the radiator. Hopefully no more problems. except for the squeaky steering wheel.? anyone know why that is?
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I had to do the same mate....
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Well it's done... 1 hour later.... lol. But after I changed it, I think there was a air bubble in it, from when the hose broke. So that took a while to work out... So now I have completely changed my entire cooling system. aluminum thermostat housing, thermostat, Hoses, stewart high performance waterpump.... and now the radiator. Hopefully no more problems. except for the squeaky steering wheel.? anyone know why that is?
I just did mine with a Behr replacement. They last 100k miles, so you may sell the car before needing a new one.
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Squeaky steering wheel is a common problem. Iirc, it is either an easy fix with some lube or a real pita fix that requires taking stuff apart and replacing parts, depending on why your wheel is squeaking. A search should turn up some direct instructions.
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Well it's done... 1 hour later.... lol. But after I changed it, I think there was a air bubble in it, from when the hose broke. So that took a while to work out... So now I have completely changed my entire cooling system. aluminum thermostat housing, thermostat, Hoses, stewart high performance waterpump.... and now the radiator. Hopefully no more problems. except for the squeaky steering wheel.? anyone know why that is?
well ive heard most of the time its airbag contact ring go bad...
im going to change it once other more important things are done.
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Try these -

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=245961
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...t/E36-Tilt.htm (read the second paragraph)
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