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Old 11-13-2012, 08:40 AM
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smells like coolant

I have a 95 740i and the last couple days its smelling like coolant while driving inside the car. Theres no leaks under the car that i can tell, its not overheating(yet). could it be heater core leaking? Or a hose? Is it hard to get to the heater core assembly? Thanks
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:06 AM
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Welcome to BMW ownership...lol

Sounds like the heater core, if you are smelling it inside. Check for wet carpet on the passenger side.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:39 AM
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No wet carpet yet.
Ive had bmw cars for years and never had this problem. Is there a repair manual download for e38? I have the 3 and 5 series but cant find 7 series e38. Thanks
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:09 PM
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check e38.org
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:53 AM
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Hi and welcome to E38 land where every automotive evil spirit has it's play ground. There are drains in the heater box (to allow for air conditioner condensate). A small leak (enough to smell) could evaporate before hitting the ground - engine and gearbox heat etc so carefully check the gearbox for water trails. Other than that it's heater matrix out time. Sux to be you. Try e-bay for a manual, maybe on DVD. That's where I got my TIS.
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