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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 02-07-2013, 04:18 PM
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Help finding a part for my M42

Good news!: Bebe (my '95 318is for those of you not familiar with the forum) does NOT have a leaking head gasket. Turns out it was a cracked "coolant return pipe" under the intake manifold. The pipe has several connections, one being for the return line from the throttle body heater plate. The pipe (plastic) had cracked at the base of the tee joint, and was spraying coolant directly at the head/block joint. I couldn't see the pipe until most of the intake, fuel rail and such stuff was removed.

Here's my problem: both realoem.com and BMWfans.info SHOW the pipe, but neither have a part number for it! The only way I knew it was called a coolant return or engine return was that's what all the hoses are describes as going to...such as "heater return line to return pipe". The part is circled in the drawing below, with an arrow where the break was.

I need either the part number so I can order one, or maybe one of you has a usable one in your parts stash.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:48 PM
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Ken, try the bmw Atlanta sure that Don keeps referring to. Unfortunately on my phone i don't have it bookmarked.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:53 PM
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Excellent thought.

I'm there now...they show the same illustration, and no part number.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:58 PM
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woohoo! glad it's not a bad head gasket. i couldn't tell you the PN, i'm not sure if a bentley manual would have any further info about it. but you could always call BMW to for the part info.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:59 PM
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It probably has the PN on it, and it's got to come out anyway, so.........
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:04 PM
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I've definitely got one of those laying around!

I can have my dad look for it, but he doesn't really know cars (or how to navigate my stash), so I'm not sure how easy that'll be. Otherwise, I'll be home two weeks from today and can ship it out to you.


I think it's metal, so if you just wanna remove it and weld/JB weld (ya got guts, kid?), it should be fine. Or maybe it's plastic... I don't remember now.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:50 PM
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was glad to hear this

will take a look at mine saturday.


afaik though, the pipe is plastic and is a common failure part. i do not know if anyone makes a metal replacement or not.




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Excellent thought.

I'm there now...they show the same illustration, and no part number.
Try giving them a call. They might be able to steer you to the right place......
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I'D make a metal one if I could figure out how to make the 90 end that plugs into the block.

I'll know more tomorrow when I get it out.
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Found it! It's under engine block mounting parts. Connector
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:13 PM
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Only $20 for genuine BMW on Pelican

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$18 at BMW South Atlanta and the shipping will be less for Ken....

http://parts.bmwofsouthatlanta.com/p...key_category=0
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:24 PM
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Yay! Thanks a bunch, Don and everyone else!

I looked all over the parts diagrams but never thought it would be in mounting parts. Makes sense, since stuff (hoses) mount to it.
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If there's a picture of it, there's a part number somewhere. Just have to tap the German ancestry to try and figure out the wacky logic as to where it's going to turn up.
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