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Old 04-16-2013, 07:11 AM
cejc77 cejc77 is offline
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Mein Auto: 2000 328i
can a blown head gasket keep my 328i from starting?

I've got a 2000 328i that won't start. My girlfriend was driving it after I replaced the fan clutch, water pump, fan and, serpentine belts. It over heated and died. After I gory it home I tried to get it running but with no luck. There is a smell of fuel in the coolant and the radiator seems to be pushing coolant instead of drawing it in to the motor. A friend says he thinks its a head gasket but he's no mechanic. Does anyone have Ann Ides on what it could be? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:13 AM
kc318i kc318i is offline
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Mein Auto: 318i
It's my understanding that you would have white smoke and/or water dripping from your tail pipe if a head gasket had blown, but that's all the info I've got and if you can't start the car then knowing that is pretty useless. I hope someone else has a good response because I really want to know the answer.
I'm sort of facing the same problem, only my baby is a 1994 318i still runs... so far.
While I was gutting my cooling system (replacing the radiator, thermostat and water pump) I found that my thermostat had completely shattered and was blocking the flow of coolant, so you may want to check that. It may not be shattered, but it may not be working. Tie a string to it and test it in a pot of boiling water. If it still works, it'll open. However, it sounds like you've got more problems than a faulty thermostat now that it won't run.
Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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