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    2000 e46 318 coolant leak (again)

    So I topped the coolant up yesterday, drove 30 miles and the light came on and all was gone, can not see any visible signs of leaking, ideas?

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    either rad or coolant bottle are the favorites..


    no visable signs its usually the rad in the corners at the bottom check for rad bowing and distortion at the bottom thru the bottom valance grill...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dailydoggy View Post
    either rad or coolant bottle are the favorites..


    no visable signs its usually the rad in the corners at the bottom check for rad bowing and distortion at the bottom thru the bottom valance grill...
    Will have a look there DD, would coolant not drip onto the undertray though?

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    Bottom radiator outlet hose where the coolant temp sensor is. This is leaking on mine could be just a new o ring needed

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    Right I think DD may be right, had a look there and the front panel of the radiator looks ok but behind that it looks like its curving downwards can anyone confirm if this looks right




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    thats lookin favorite its very hard to spot them leaking from experience at the very least that aint gonna last much longer..

    bout 70 quid for a rad, easy DIY see my how too on here

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    Is there anyway of visually confirming a leak? Other than looking at the rad, it looks pretty knackered like looks really saggy in the middle, where's the best place to get a new rad?

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    you might see some staining if you remove the undertray and have a look they usually leak in the very bottom corners its hard to spot tho...

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    Cheers mate, anything else worth renewing when I do it?

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    Which one of the top 2 do I need?

    http://www.buypartsby.co.uk/buy/BMW/...ing/radiators/

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