Question about 1996 BMW 318
Standard BMW procedure is to replace thermostat if car has overheated PERIOD! Hope this helps you
Posted on Jul 26, 2009
Make sure the thermostat is new and it opens up when hot, you can do that by submerging it into a pot of boiling water for a while and you will see it opening up, if it doesn't then is bad. Also, make sure that the coolant (or antifreeze, depending where you live of course) is not brownish or "muddy" like, this would mean that oil is mixing with your coolant which could mean that you have a blown head gasket and needs to be replaced. If you see the "muddy" looking like coolant, then it is very likely you have a blown head gasket. You can do it yourself, is a looooong job and it takes a lot of patience, but it can be done. If you don't feel comfortable doing it then get it done by someone that is going to really get ALL the gaskets replaced, not only the ones on top of the cylinder heads, and that they charge you fair. The whole gasket set can run between $150 and $500 depending on the car, but the head gaskets alone can run between $60 and $150, depending on the car of course. Read about your car before you go to a mechanic, it will save you a lot of headaches and extra expenses.
Posted on Jul 26, 2009
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