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Old 04-10-2019, 10:38 AM
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As the title implies, I wanted to get a price survey for BMW shops from various areas to compare with those where I live (Idaho). I called a few shops in a 40 mile radius to ask what an estimate would be to check the radiator under pressure for a leak. Prices ranged from $105-$45, and of course the BMW dealership was left out........nobody pays those prices!! Idaho is not know for its high salaries/cost of living, compared to other states. So what do ya think??
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:48 AM
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Not sure what the shops in Colorado would charge but you can probably buy the pressure kit for that much and test the system yourself. Coolant systems on these cars a pretty straight forward.
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:50 AM
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I use an independant shop here in Wisconsin when I have to. A great guy who drag races Chevys. He charges $63 bucks an hour. The radiator could be something to tackle yourself. Best of luck.
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Old 04-10-2019, 02:21 PM
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... called a few shops in a 40 mile radius to ask what an estimate would be to check the radiator under pressure for a leak... So what do ya think??
Why do you think the radiator is leaking?
The mode of failure is often fracture and blowout. A test will not prevent that, but a new radiator and tank will. It the radiator and tank are original, they must be replaced.
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Old 04-11-2019, 04:54 AM
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My radiator had a leak and that's why I replaced it. Nothing cracked, the car overheated and a leak developed on the driver side between the tank and the core about midway down.
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Old 04-11-2019, 04:37 PM
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Why do you think the radiator is leaking?
The mode of failure is often fracture and blowout. A test will not prevent that, but a new radiator and tank will. It the radiator and tank are original, they must be replaced.
vintage42.........I replaced the expansion tank & cap, then drove about 10 miles afterwards letting the engine cool down. Noticed coolant at top of radiator by the hose, and some down the drivers side. Also noticed coolant around the new tank, but have switched out cap having received a defective item, eliminating a collapsed hose. Only leaves the radiator.
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Old 04-11-2019, 04:42 PM
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My radiator had a leak and that's why I replaced it. Nothing cracked, the car overheated and a leak developed on the driver side between the tank and the core about midway down.
rudyrov.......I think I have a hair line crack in the radiator. Bought the car last summer with 114K miles with no maintenance records. Remembered seeing white residue around top of radiator and hose. The radiator has probably used it's shelf life.
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:07 AM
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An original radiator at 114K would be a danger that should be replaced whether it is leaking or not.
Piecemeal cooling system replacement is less convenient and more expensive than doing it all at once.
Better to replace the radiator and tank, which usually are sold as a unit, then to replace the expansion tank, test the radiator, and replace the radiator
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:08 AM
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An original radiator at 114K would be a danger that should be replaced whether it is leaking or not.
Piecemeal cooling system replacement is less convenient and more expensive than doing it all at once.
Better to replace the radiator and tank, which usually are sold as a unit, then to replace the expansion tank, test the radiator, and replace the radiator
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