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Old 03-20-2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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Dammerung spotted me today (but didn't know it)

Too funny .. he left a note on the windshield about joining maxbimmer But lo and behold, I'm already here!
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:05 AM   #2
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:39 PM   #3
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Clean E38 standing right across from my work place...looks really nice so i thought id share it with others and ask him to join us at maxbimmer
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Old 03-28-2010, 02:39 PM   #4
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Thanks Dammerung My e38 is currently sitting parked on the road in front of my house with a dead water pump (I think), ugg Weekends are not the best time for a breakdown (not that there's ever a good time), waited 1.5 hours for a proper tow truck yesterday to get it back home (I wouldn't let the 2 different guys who stopped with sling trucks pick it up!)
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Old 03-28-2010, 04:21 PM   #5
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Damn!! evil eyes i tell ya what were the symptoms? did the on board computer tell you or did the car just stall, overheat??? let me know. I heard this is quite the common problem Im currently at 92k. Wonder if i should just replace the whole thing by 100k. Im going to drive a lot lot lot in summer this time :S

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Thanks Dammerung My e38 is currently sitting parked on the road in front of my house with a dead water pump (I think), ugg Weekends are not the best time for a breakdown (not that there's ever a good time), waited 1.5 hours for a proper tow truck yesterday to get it back home (I wouldn't let the 2 different guys who stopped with sling trucks pick it up!)
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Old 03-28-2010, 04:53 PM   #6
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The car told my wife when it was overheating ("check coolant temperature") and started to spew out steam from the overflow, she pulled over right away and called me. It took a long time to cool down, there was no leakage, etc. from hoses or anything and the rad was still mostly full. Once it did cool down it could start up again, but it would get really hot really fast again. Sounds like a water pump to me, no flow == too much heat. It's also common with e38's (or so I read). Also the temperature gauge when you first turn the key into position 1 shows a normal temperature, but once the electronics kick in a few seconds later the gauge goes right over to full red (even though it's not hot). The car no longer warns about the coolant temperature. From what I've read it sounds like all the symptoms. It's going into bimmersport as soon as I get an appt and get it there.
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If you turn the heat on full is the air hot?
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No. I tried that when it was sitting on the side of the road overheated and the air wasn't hot at all.
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it is the water pump. happened to me the same way.

when getting a new water pump, rather than going oem and getting the one with a plastic piece that will fail again down the road, replace it with the aftermarket water pump that has the metal piece.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:04 AM   #10
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it is the water pump. happened to me the same way.

when getting a new water pump, rather than going oem and getting the one with a plastic piece that will fail again down the road, replace it with the aftermarket water pump that has the metal piece.
Thanks, that sounds like the way to go! Just arranging a tow right now to get it into bimmersport.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:13 PM   #11
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All done. New Rad, water pump and thermostat. The dreaded rad break at the top hose connection. On the up side nice new metal water pump and not that plastic core one! Yay for bimmersport once again.
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All done. New Rad, water pump and thermostat. The dreaded rad break at the top hose connection. On the up side nice new metal water pump and not that plastic core one! Yay for bimmersport once again.
That is great!

I have to do my rad since it is leaking right now. How much did that cost you? and should I be doing my thermostat the same time?

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Old 03-30-2010, 01:09 PM   #13
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From what I've read online on other forums the thermostat and the rad kind of go hand-in-hand so it might not be a bad idea. Ask Charlie or Jon and they will probably have better advice for you than me (the mechanical ludite!)
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