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    I am goint to post the full picture just incase there is any relevance. Last December I needed to have the altenator replaced in the car for obvious reasons, now the car has hardly been run but developed overheating problems three months ago. I took it to the same garage that I have been a customer with for at least 7 years and do trust them. So it was advised that it was the water pump and that the viscos fan had completley died, so these were replaced I was advised that the thermostat was ok. Two weeks later the same thing happened just in time for its MOT, the system was re bleed and passed its MOT with a few advisories. Now the story unfolds since then on cold start up the machine rattles like a Harley Davidson from the drivers side of the engine and there is a tapping noise also, this usually settles down once the engine is up to temp, however over fifteen miles the machine overheats to the first part of the needle just before the red. Usually putting on the blower at full brings it back down, however not latley. Now there is ocassions that the car does not have any of these symptoms and drives as it should do which is quite unreal.

    Another factor is that when removing the cap from the expansion tank it takes at least 10 to 15 mins whilst it releases a lot of preasure and gurgling hissing noises like back preasure. I have checked the oil for evidence of water in it as I have been advised suspect overhead gasket I see just normal oil and the coolent seems to be clean as well, I am scratching my head as much as the mechanic, I do hope that somebody on here can throw some light on this. The machine has done around 70 thousand miles, and I myself only do around 6 thousand a year always serviced and looked after help please

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    It sounds to me like there is an airlock, I think you might want the cooling system to be bled properly

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    I suspect that the cooling system has air in it still after the waterpump has been replaced - they can be difficult to bleed successfully.

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    I understand from your comment that it can be difficult to bleed successfully, the garage phoned me today saying that it could be the oil pump the timing chain tensioner or the usual suspect overhead gasket. If it is difficult to bleed successfully to me it would not be an easy job for me and hubbie to do? Thanks for your fast reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shany View Post
    I understand from your comment that it can be difficult to bleed successfully, the garage phoned me today saying that it could be the oil pump the timing chain tensioner or the usual suspect overhead gasket. If it is difficult to bleed successfully to me it would not be an easy job for me and hubbie to do? Thanks for your fast reply
    I think your garage maybe trying to get more cash out of you

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    This E36 1998 MODEL HAS SERIOUS ISSUES PLEASE POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

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    The other thing I have noticed is that the Rev Counter is sitting higher than normal when at speed normally sits at 3 at 70 is now at 4 does this throw any more light on this ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shany View Post
    Rev Counter is sitting higher than normal when at speed normally sits at 3 at 70 is now at 4
    When in a certain gear there i salways going to be a direct correlation between road speed and RPM unless clutch slipping. So either your clutch is slipping too or you have an electrical fault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shany View Post
    the oil pump the timing chain tensioner or the usual suspect overhead gasket.
    Those are quite different areas to look at........................
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shany View Post
    the garage phoned me today saying that it could be the oil pump the timing chain tensioner or the usual suspect overhead gasket.
    Did they say whats wrong with the oil pump ? As one that wasn't working would've seized the engine long ago.

    And as for headgasket, they should surely have done a sniff test on it by now ? If they haven't already, get them to test the coolant.

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    You know what if the rev counter really does read highter now (unless it's an auto) do you trust the temp gauge?

    The rattle sounds like either wrong grade of oil or the exhaust blowing and stopping when warm and expanded.
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