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Old 04-09-2011, 05:52 PM
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Cooling system question

So I'm trying to figure out if my cooling system was replaced by a PO. Originally I assumed it hadn't been replaced as I do have service records for the car, and there's no repairs listed for any cooling system components.

However, last night after installing my cross brace [ obviously I'm excited about that] my friend's dad (who helped me install it) pointed out that I have metal thermostat housing.

I guess my question amounts to this: Did the late model e36's ship with metal instead of plastic housing? or what are other things I can do to verify any other parts as replaced?

I know the water pump has to be taken out to really know, but perhaps the radiator nub or something else would be telling?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:00 PM
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If you don't know about the thermostat. Just change it, not that much money and it's just a safety thing.

When I did my system I had a aluminum housing as well as a metal impeller. No idea what the PO did though.
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