Last night I pull into my garage and notice that I leaked coolant from the night before. I check the level in my car and it is a little low. So, I top it off last night. I checked underneath this morning and didn't see any coolant.
I drove to work, 10 miles, and decided to check my coolant level in the parking garage in work. I only waited for 30 seconds, popped the hood and started to open the cap, stupid fucking move. I heard the sound of fluid coming out of the radiator, then the pressure built up and before you know it, there is a fountain of green spilling into my engine bay, burning my hand and flooding the parking garage floor. Double fuck, I dropped the radiator cap into the engine bay and it landed on the plastic drop pan, out of reach.
By this time, I am so fucking pissed that I burned my hand, dropped the cap and couldn't reach the damn thing and I don't know why my car is leaking coolant.
I run to the stealership, .5 miles, from work, get a new cap, buy some coolant ($20, raped in the ass), and some distilled water. I go to work, and at lunch go down to my car, refresh the coolant and am able to get the stupid cap.
My question is, how do I determine where the coolant is coming from. My car has 58000 miles on the clock. I had the radiator replaced at 37000 miles. I bought a new water pump and thermostat and they are sitting in my garage. I was planning to change those parts since BMW reccommends replacing them every 60000 miles.
Since my car has coolant everywhere, it seems as if it would be difficult to find the leak. I replaced the cap. I will install the new water pump and thermostat tomorrow night. Any ideas, what else I should look for?
How many gallons of coolant and distilled water should I buy? Can I use any other coolant besides bmw grade?
Sorry for the long post. I am still pissed because I burned my hand and have to use my left hand to whack off!