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Old 04-26-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
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Coolant Leak, Fuck (long post)

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!
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:01 PM   #2
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Jeeze I just went through this. In my case 2 bottles of each. But obviously a totally different car. Tons of luck!
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:05 PM   #3
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I guess you win the move of the day The coolant will leave a white telltale residue, so wash down the engine bay, and start fresh. Likely usual leaky spots are hose ends and fittings; that's where I'd start. Try the new cap you bought, maybe the old one went bad.
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:10 PM   #4
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Thanks Dudesky. I have the new cap installed. I will replace the pump and thermostat and go from there. I had the white residue last night, but lost it in a blaze of burning green.
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:35 PM   #5
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While your under your hood pop the intake beauity cover off and take a look below the intake. If you see coolant your going to need a intake/vally pan reseal. Its very common on 4.4's to have that leaking. But back to the point, while under there get a flashlignt and in the front left of the intake (the side of the oil filter) you can see the vally pan bolts, coolant usually collects there.

Before you go and replace parts I havent read of up your post but have you started on that 60k tune up yet. if so I would go over my work again if you replace the rad hoses or anything else coolant related.

And buy 2 gallons of coolant.
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:20 PM   #6
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The heater control pump (against the firewall on my car) failed and slowly lost coolant. It is under a pair of solenoids for the LHS & RHS control. It was very easy to replace and didn't cost much.
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Thanks for the help guys. I did the 60K tune up and the hoses looked good. I am replacing the water pump and thermostat for preventative measures tonight and I will check those areas.. I had bought the parts about a month ago. The 4.4 engines have had issues with the pumps failing and the thermostat failing.
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Old 04-27-2006, 10:13 AM   #8
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Where is the purge on the 4.4. I am too lazy to look at my bentley right now?
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Old 04-27-2006, 12:23 PM   #9
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that sucks man, i hate coolant issues. one thing that i have noticed is that the bmw collant system stays hot for quite a while after the car is off so you have to wait at least a couple hours before you remove the cap or risk having it shoot out at you and burn hands. i'm going to be in seattle for the weekend if you wanted some help. i obviously don't have a car to get to your place but am always down to lend a hand.
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:14 PM   #10
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Sheisty... what did the dealership say? We havent had any issues (YET) related to our 540...
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:54 PM   #11
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I just went to the dealership for the coolant. I am exploring the issue more tonight with some jackstands and a good light, replacing the water pump and thermostat. Thanks for the offer Devin, I will be in walla walla this weekend.
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Old 04-28-2006, 02:34 AM   #12
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i'm here right now and will be tomorrow too. i have some stuff going on tomorrow but give me a call and i may be able to make it out there to lend a hand
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Cover up the electronics and then just spray water in to clear up the gunk and hopefully you will be able to see where it is leaking.
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Cool my RAD gives me the creeps...

HELP ME
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i was driving the vehicle, and i noticed the TEMP go up quickly pulled over... let cool, filled it up, then i noticed COOLANT flowing out the side of the rad... looked like a crack.... STEAM everywhere... people giving WEIRD LOOKS
so i purchase a new RAD... brought it home ... pulled the old rad out, and notice as i was putting everything together the upper rad hose was leaking, a stream of coolant as i was bleeding,, and im sure i had the thing on perfectly, with the u clip in place.
i figured it was the SEAL, in the hose... could i purchase them at the dealership, i was gonna do.... UPPER/ LOWER/ and BOTTOM seals and u clips, just to make sure....
WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?
the BEHR was the original, 160k time to go, the water pump has no play or whine.... expansion tank is ok, just not a firm connection, I THINK THE SEAL is shot, since the crack probably cooked my hoses
CAN I HAVE SOME INPUT from you e39 lovers...

THE AFTER MARKET RAD is exact same, am i thinking correct.... RAD HOSES NEED THE INNER SEAL/U CLIPS???

all i can think about is, coolant pouring out of the seal... rad hose connection... and damn its the worst feeling....

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i know its easter... but 1:23am and i cant sleep

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