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Old 04-04-2017, 09:09 PM
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5 minute overheat

I'm lost. Was sitting at a gas station and my car started to overheat. So I turned it off and nursed it home when cool. I found the top radiator hose had a hole and was spitting out fluid. So I bought a new one, put it on, and still overheats. There is no heat from heater either and the vent fan had always been wreak. Top hose hot bottom cold. So of to buy a thermostat and it still did it.

No white smoke from exhaust, and no burning coolant on the engine.

Should I assume it's bubbles? I'm windering why my hose blew in the first place.

I'm so tired, I added this to e46.....I have a 1995 325i

Any ideas would be appreciated
Thank you

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Old 04-04-2017, 09:56 PM
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Time for the radiator shop. And replace any coolant carrying hoses.
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Old 04-05-2017, 12:44 AM
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Maybe the E46 moderator will move your thread to the E36 forum.

Your problem is a common one with our cars. You didn't get the system bled completely. You don't need a radiator shop. You need to bleed the system properly after replacing any dodgy hoses and all the plastic bits (including the radiator if it's over about 80k miles).
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Old 04-05-2017, 02:12 PM
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Hopefully you also added (BMW) coolant and bled the system.

It is possible that it is time for a thermostat also.
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Old 04-05-2017, 02:36 PM
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Be careful because BMW engines do not like to be overheated.
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