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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
Ok Im prolly just being overly paranoid, but I've noticed when my engine is cold....it's actually at the "cold" line (well technically like a MM below. but who's counting) but I remember...like not too too long ago my car when cold it would be like halfway above the "COLD" line for the coolant expansion tank. and I look at it every morning, and I dont notice it going BELOW the cold line, so I severly doubt that it leaked just a certain amount of coolant then stopped (of course my headgasket used to leak coolant a LONG time ago, but it hasnt done it since, weird huh) but...I mean it is cold now, I looked at it today and it was RIGHT at the cold line, and it was prolly mid 40's with cold ass rain outside for most of the night?
so is this normal.? I mean for it to actually go all the way down to the cold line for the coolant tank? I just ask because I remember not too too long ago it would be at the halfway point (but it was also alot hotter outside too) but even when i drive it for awhile it doesnt go ALL the way to the top like it used to..but obviously cold weather gonna keep my engine a lil cooler
plz tell me.....im just being overly paranoid and this is normal
KEEP in mind it hasnt gone below the line anymore.it usually when i look at it in the morning either at the line VERY VERY VERY slightly below like today, or a lil above.
nothing was done, it just stopped leaking......
I mean were not sure it was the headgasket......but it was leaking like.....behind the engine, so the mechanic just kinda assumed it was, because I used to actually have little drips of coolant UNDER my car, then it just stopped?
so....i mean behind the engine? anyone else have an idea besides head gasket of what that "COULD"VE" been.
but either way it hasnt done it in over a year? soooo i dunno , maybe we replaced something that fixed it.
but I was more concerned about the fact that it actually sits at the "cold" level well slightly below, but either way it hasnt lost any more, I just rememember it when it was morning outside it being above the cold level. but I guess now since it's alot colder (and cold rain too) that it'll actually go down to that level. am I right?
keep in mind it's been like this all "winter/fall" but im in Kentucky, so .....our weather gets colder earlier in the year
still I mean we were never SURE it was the headgasket, but it was definetly behind, or near the back of the engine, is there anything there that could've leaked coolant besides the head gasket, I noticed when he raised the car the coolant was like coming from it looked like the top of the block, and then running down and dripping on the exhaust.....from the back of the engine that is, but I figure a head gasket would leak somewhere else, but hell i dont know anything about cars anyways
keep in mind it hasnt done it in a year, i mean...for me to phyicall see the coolant leaking at the back of the block like that....made me wonder, cause my oil never seemed milky.....and...for it to randomly stop like that, it seems like if it was a headgasket it would leak INTO my oil......and in that case i'd see like white exhaust...but i never did (except in morning it was kinda grey exhaust, but it does that all the time and I havent lost coolant)
because it's been over a year, and I havent had to change coolant, it's just now that it's cold it's actually down to the "cold" line where it used to sit above that in the morning. but I guess thats normal?
im still curious about the head gasket tho, does thast even make sense?
I called my mechanic he RECHANGED my valve cover gasket. since the first one he put in he didnt seal right, but he said he didnt see any leakage underneath, no leakage in my oil (since my valve cover gasket was bad oil had leaked into the cylinder thingies that the spark plugs sit in) so i think im good eh?
cause it is cold outside so i would assume.....that coolant goes down to the cold line when it's cold