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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 08-19-2010, 05:50 PM
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Burping the radiator

Okay, so, on my 92 325I, I've just installed a new radiator. I've been burping the system for well over an hour, and there is still bubbles coming up. Suggestions?


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Old 08-19-2010, 06:14 PM
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There are no visible leaks from any hoses, or any other part of the cooling system. Everything is brand new; radiator, fan clutch, thermostat, thermostat housing, and external cooling tank.

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Old 08-19-2010, 06:18 PM
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Did you have your heater running? I did this myself, but I forget whether you're supposed to run the heater while flushing the coolant or when bleeding the system. Check here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...lant-Flush.htm



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I find that elevating the front of the vehicle helps the bleeding process a great deal. The front doesn't have to be much higher, anywhere between 8 to 24 inches will be fine, so even a sloped driveway will help. With the front end elevated, 1) start the car, 2) set the heater to full hot and run the blower, 3) add coolant until no more air exits through the bleeder screw, 4) rev the engine up to about 3k rpm and then let it return to an idle, 5) add more coolant until no air exits through the bleeder screw, repeat steps 4 and 5 a couple of times and then button everything up.
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And then repeat the process for the next couple of days to be sure.
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