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Re: ***Radiator is drinking coolant**** (archive)

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Posted by Claude on October 26, 2000 at 23:37:40:

In Reply to: ***Radiator is drinking coolant**** posted by Tony Rosario on October 25, 2000 at 19:32:13:


My car doesn't overheat and the temperature guage needle stay normal, but I have to constantly add coolant. I don't see any leaks, it seems to burn away. Any suggestions? I was thinking of getting a radiator flush to prepare for the winter, but I'm not sure if I really need to?? I don't want a dishonest mechanic to say..Oh you need to change your water pump, because the bottom line is my car is not overheating, but I don't know for how long. It's going to be winter soon so I want to avoid any problems...Tony****************************


Tony,
Purchased my 1995 540I about a month ago and it was doing the same thing. I was, however, noticing a slight trickle of coolant under the car, in the morning when it was cold. I was not burning any coolant, nor was it leaking by any of the hoses. A mechanic I use checked with some BMW mechanic friends and confirmed his suspicion that it was only the thermostat housing seal which was leaking. He changed the seal( and the thermostat while he was at it) and also did a radiator flush and fluid replacement since I did not know when it had last been done. Not very expensive at all! Hope that's all that's wrong with yours

Claude



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