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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 10-11-2013, 05:14 AM
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Quck easy question

Does anyone know what size the upper expansion tank hose is?

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Re: Quck easy question

I think realoem often lists basic things like OD on parts.

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Dimensions? 8x13mm iirc..

Length?
do you have a measuring tape?
Measure across your radiator.. add a couple inches.. go to auto store.. buy hose.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:16 AM
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Go to autostore and tell them what you need. They should just be able to pull it for that year and model
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Go to autostore and tell them what you need. They should just be able to pull it for that year and model
Eh, that course of action doesn't seem to work very well, at least in my experience. I've been given the wrong part so many times from those places, and in some cases it wasn't even the guy behind the counter's fault - their computers are sometimes wrong. Also, it's highly unlikely that a typical big-box auto parts store will carry an E36 BMW upper expansion tank hose in stock.

Anyway, if you don't want to go with OEM, I'd just go to a hardware store that has a decent selection of chemical resistant hoses on offer. You should be able to easily measure the inside and outside diameter of the hose you need, and then just ballpark the length and cut the final length when you get home. Only concern I'd have with doing it this way is to make sure the hose you buy doesn't kink at the bend. The OEM hose is "pre-formed", but a general purpose hose will not be. It just depends on whether the general purpose hose is able to cope with that radius. You can probably do it, though.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:40 AM
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Yeah I guess it depends on the store. My buddy works at advanced auto and always gets my parts right and yes they may not carry it in stock but can certainly order it.
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