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I have a 2006 bmw 325i 3.0L E90. Car has been overheating and got a code of P0597 Thermostat Heater control circuit open. I replaced the thermostat with a new aluminum Wahler unit. Just drovve it for 10 miles and it overheated again. The fat hose going into the thermostat is a lot cooler than the other hoses, so it looks like it's still not getting a signal to open the thermostat when it get warmed up. Anybody have a solution?

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IT sounds like heater control valve not thermostat. Check Pelican Parts.com or BavAuto.com for tech advise & tips. Also check RealOem.com (enter your cars specs and you will see exploded diagrams)

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