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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:20 PM
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Do I really need to drain block if....

Do I really need to drain the engine block if I am replacing the water pump? Won't all the water drain from the block when replacing the pump? Whatcha think??
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:03 PM
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No, you don't have to. When you drain the radiator, the engine coolant level drains to the level of the thermostat housing. When you remove the water pump, it lowers to that level.

But after the mess that comes with draining the radiator and removing the water pump, it's just one more drain plug to get the rest of the old coolant out.
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