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Old 01-23-2003, 06:02 AM   #1
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radiator leaks.. + missing part

Hi,

I recently bought a 1988 318i from my parents (going to be the project car in the fullness of time), its in reasonably good nick with no rust. Recently I have been having to top of the radiator with extra water about every 2 weeks or so. I can't notice anything dripping under the car when its parked.

According to the vehical testing place (our cars have to meet pretty strick restrictions here in NZ) there is no holes in the radiator or it wouldn't have got its warrant of fitness.

Where could it be losing this water from? Could it be leaking as steam through the cap?

One more thing, there appears to be a part missing under the bonnet, I will post a photo on here tommorow. Or does anyone have a photo of thier stock '88 318i under the bonnet? It may be the cause of what causes it to stall a lot from a cold start.

Appreciate the help!

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Old 01-23-2003, 05:35 PM   #2
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hope its not your crank seals dude thats a new motor
check you oil level if the dipstick has bubles you have a big problem if not stick some cardboard under the car see if anything leaks on to it.
hope its not the cylinder head either
anyway good luck
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Old 01-23-2003, 05:50 PM   #3
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Thanks,

I'll check the oil tommorow morning, already driven it today. Hope its not the motor, wasn't planning to do the upgrade just yet (need more $$$)

I'll get that pic posted ASAP so someone can see what I mean by the missing part.

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Old 01-23-2003, 06:19 PM   #4
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then again not to scare you it could be something as simple as a loose hose clamp the rad is always pressureized but as the car warms up it builds more pressure which might be enough to make it leak, then but not while its sitting cause the pressure drops again. check you clamps or do a leak down test on the car which will pressurize the system then you can find your leak.
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Old 01-23-2003, 06:22 PM   #5
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actually that could be a possibility,

in my 320i that i used to have, i was doing some burnouts then heaps of radiator fluid leaked into the car on the passenger side (right hand side). I know which hose that is so i'll give it a check.

Thanks for bringing that up
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