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Hello. I have a 1992 BMW 525i Touring Sedan and its been fantastic. However, the radiator overheats when I slow down into traffic or idle. I heard there was a recall, but I haven't been able to find what it was. Plus, I want to tow a UHaul trailer 2,800 miles and I can't find the towing capacity for the car... let alone if BMW's are even capable of towing. Do you have any ideas? Shawn.

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It should be fine to pull a small trailer but you need to fix the overheat problem first. Sounds like a problem with the fan. Like the blades aren't turning because of a bad fan clutch.

Posted on Aug 02, 2010

Testimonial: "Yeah, absolutely looking at fixing the overheating problem first before towing anything. Was thinking it might be the fan, fan clutch or belt. Thanks."

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