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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 06-26-2010, 09:17 PM
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96 BMW 318i Overheating

Recently my car has been overheating. It doesn't overheat while I'm driving but only overheats while I'm in idle. I'm pretty new with cars and was hoping you guys could help me find the problem. I'm not low on coolant either and she has 130,000KMs on her. Thanks :]
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Old 06-26-2010, 09:29 PM
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coolonat overhaul

new tstat and housing, water pump, hoses, radiator.....
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:44 PM
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is your AC on when it overheats?
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:44 PM
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Check the fan clutch, and I'm not sure if the 318 has one, but if it does check to make sure the aux fan is operational.
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:17 PM
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is your AC on when it overheats?
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Check the fan clutch, and I'm not sure if the 318 has one, but if it does check to make sure the aux fan is operational.
I'll check that tmr after work thanks :]

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Old 06-27-2010, 06:34 PM
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^OMG ,, thats how i feel after reading that post.

And to quote another member on this forum, "Preventative Maintenace"
Thats what its all about, yes you could cheap out and just fix the fan (if thats the issue), but in a week a hose cracks, then another, and another, and it will be more expensive than to do an overhaul.
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:35 PM
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you dont need to blow all that mony on a coolonat overhaul new tstat and housing, water pump, hoses, radiator..... like that other guy sed, He must not no nuthin bout cars, Its your Fan, when your car stops movin the air to the radator stop cumin and that whin you need you fan that not workin, Your fan it ant workin , check it out and you will see, That other guy dont know, He just puts parts on untill he acscedently puts the right part on that fixes it, Thats just a big wast a mony
Well you "must not no nuthin bout" these cars. What the other guy "sed" is correct they are ALL about preventative maintenance. The cooling systems in these cars are time bombs. Most need replaced by about 80-90k miles. Since he is having overheating problems, granted it is probably just the fan, but why not knock out something that will HAVE to been done VERY soon? You are way better off to do it and not have to worry about "nuthin". This prevents you from having to limp the car home and run a chance of during a lot of harm to the motor.
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Old 06-27-2010, 08:23 PM
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^OMG ,, thats how i feel after reading that post.

And to quote another member on this forum, "Preventative Maintenace"
Thats what its all about, yes you could cheap out and just fix the fan (if thats the issue), but in a week a hose cracks, then another, and another, and it will be more expensive than to do an overhaul.
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I'm so sorry boss, masta told me not to work on duh carz afta I brokeded de centrifigu;ll clutch on me transmizzion
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I don't know which Fester created the fake John Deere profile, but it must not be Franklyn because the answer he gave is *right*.

If it's fine while you're moving and just overheats at idle, there's a very good chance it's the fan. Most fan clutches fail locked in the engaged position, but perhaps yours failed as disengaged. Wait until the car just barely starts to heat up more than normal, take a rolled up section of newspaper (have it ready before you let the car get warm) and poke it into the blades of the fan. If it slows and stops the fan, even when the engine is getting hot, it needs to be replaced. Not a hard job at all, maybe an hour tops for a first timer.
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:03 AM
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I don't know which Fester created the fake John Deere profile, but it must not be Franklyn because the answer he gave is *right*.

If it's fine while you're moving and just overheats at idle, there's a very good chance it's the fan. Most fan clutches fail locked in the engaged position, but perhaps yours failed as disengaged. Wait until the car just barely starts to heat up more than normal, take a rolled up section of newspaper (have it ready before you let the car get warm) and poke it into the blades of the fan. If it slows and stops the fan, even when the engine is getting hot, it needs to be replaced. Not a hard job at all, maybe an hour tops for a first timer.

I remember my first time. WAY less than an hour

and it wasnt me. i get SOME stuff right once in a while
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