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Engine over heating

I have bmw 318ti '96, recently the car over heated and caused the radiator to blow!! i bought a new one got it fitted bleed a couple of times.but it still over heats im wondering wot is the problem? and the fan doesnt kick in. n e suggettions

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You may need to replace your gaskets and seals now. also, get your block checked to make sure its okay...

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You may have a bad thermostat sticking closed not letting the coolant flow this could also be why the cooling fans are not operating because the hot coolant is not curculating thru the radiator properly also the cooling ,temp switch or relay could also be bad try to put power to the cooling fans to make them operate make sure to check the fuses for the cooling fans also, you can remove the cap on the radiator and start the car up and check if the cooling system is curculating i also have seen some BMW water pumps fail due to the plastic impeller braking of the water pump shaft causing this problem also.

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good luck lee

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