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Old 02-13-2015, 08:01 PM
Nibbes123 Nibbes123 is offline
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Low coolant light comes on

Can anyone help me out on this matter, the low coolant light comes on while driving for about 45mins. when I park and turn off the engine and restart the light is not on, drive for awhile it comes back on. Checked the coolant level and it is ok, engine warms up good, heat in car, no overheating, I am lost on this. The car is a 2007 X3 3.0i with 147,000 kms.

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Nick
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:42 PM
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Step 1 Your coolant level is not OK. Add 1 cup of distilled water.
Step 2 Monitor the rate of water consumption. About 6 months after I experience what you did the consumption went up to 1 cup a fortnight.
Step 3 Replace the expansion tank, tank cap and coolant level sensor (of which there are many threads discussing the parts list and steps involved. I think mine was $250 including about and parts.
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Old 02-14-2015, 08:27 AM
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Thanks joylove for the information you gave me, will try topping up coolant and see what happens.

Nick
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Old 02-14-2015, 08:43 AM
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This is the kit I used when I had my expansion tank replaced: http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E83-X3-M54_3.0L/ES2588202/
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:53 AM
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Hi jma1992, there is a place called German Parts .ca in Toronto which has everything also the cooler thermostat for 257.64 with tax of 13%, will be looking at this place to buy everything. Thank you everyone for your help.

Nick
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:08 AM
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Hi jma1992, there is a place called German Parts .ca in Toronto which has everything also the cooler thermostat for 257.64 with tax of 13%, will be looking at this place to buy everything. Thank you everyone for your help.

Nick


Ontario has 13% tax? Holy crap aha

Considering how our Canadian dollar is plummeting against USD that price doesn't sound too bad. I source most of my parts from the U.S. though because it's cheaper. Good luck and hope you sort this issue out!
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Old 02-15-2015, 03:43 AM
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Our '06 began losing small amounts of coolant and I was convinced it was the expansion tank. The independent garage we use pressure tested the system and discovered a small leak in a lower hose. Have your cooling system pressure tested before you commit to a solution. It's frustrating to solve a problem by a process of elimination.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:30 AM
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ECS usually beats German Parts in price, problem is I think UPS still has a ship to Canada Extortion of $40 added onto the shipping when it arrives.
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:39 AM
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ECS usually beats German Parts in price, problem is I think UPS still has a ship to Canada Extortion of $40 added onto the shipping when it arrives.
I choose USPS for shipping to Canada, duty/tax fees are usually reasonable IE. I paid $40 on $950 worth of parts one time.

I got charged $70 duty/tax fee from UPS once on a $100 item lol it was ridiculous.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:26 AM
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I know ECS is cheaper but the exchange rate is $1.23 for us so does not make sense to purchase in the States right now.
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