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BMW 318 i se M43 engine

Just changed the head gasket got a new thermostat but now....
After bleeding the system it will start ok from cold and build up to half way (normal) but then it will slowly rise to just under the red and stay there????
doesnt over heat, bubble, loose coolant or over pressurise and the heaters are nice and warm??? please help

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  • usersteve83 Dec 01, 2008

    forgot to say the top radiator hose gets hot but the one coming from the thermostat housing to bottom of radiator stays cool?? i have water flowing from a hole in the header tank just under the filler neck, so water pump is working

  • Rami Fayez
    Rami Fayez Sep 20, 2017

    this is a stuck thermostat.

  • Rami Fayez
    Rami Fayez Sep 20, 2017

    which means no coolant circulation.

  • Rami Fayez
    Rami Fayez Sep 20, 2017

    just change thermostat with new and don't get an aftermarket one get the original.



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Dounds like maybe your thermostat is not openin properly. maybe slightly but not all the way . i had the same problem a year ago!

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