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Old 07-11-2013, 05:03 PM
phillips82 phillips82 is offline
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Hello Everyone! I recently Bought a 1995 BMW 525i E34, and am trying to trouble shoot why every time I start the car I see "coolant level" "owners Manual". My level is right where it should be. Im a little confused on the bleeder valve, and its exact purpose. But mainly was curious on why the instrument panel is showing theses faults?

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Old 07-11-2013, 05:30 PM
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Welcome to the Fest.

Either your coolant level sensor has failed or the wire(s) to it have broken. The sensor is located at the bottom of the radiator on the driver's side.

I had the wires partially break as seen here:

It was an easy fix. I just cut and spliced them. They were pretty short so I had to be careful.

Hope this helps.

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Old 07-11-2013, 05:32 PM
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Probably just a level sensor fault.. Check the plug to it, make sure there is power at it

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Old 07-11-2013, 05:41 PM
Larrick Larrick is offline
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My son's 1994 525it has displayed "coolant Level" warning for the last four years. Since the day he bought it.
The coolant system has been been replaced ( pump, fan clutch,hoses) due to failed pump and the system flushed.
The coolant level warning remains on. The problem is the sensor which is at the bottom of the radiator.
We have just ignored the warning but we should change the sensor.
If your level is good then it is probably the sensor.
The bleeder valve to to remove air in the system if the level has gone down too low or work was done on
the cooling system and air may have entered it.
You need to have the cabin heat on when you bleed the system.
The Bentley manual should explain it or a past three on this forum.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:13 PM
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Thank you all for your thoughts and advice, At least now I have somewhere to go and start trouble shooting. Thanks again
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:47 AM
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If the sensor itself fails this happens:

Just for future reference.
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