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I was letting the engine run to charge battery after a a jump start when smoke and steam were pouring out. also noticed water puddle under car

A few days ago the engine fan came on half an hour after a 2 minute journey. it stayed on for ages and drained the battery. i topped up the water and coolent as suggested by friend and left battery to re surge. it started ok and was fine. a couple of days later i found the battery dead again so got a jump start. i left the engine running for about 40 mins to re charge the battery before i tried driving it but then steam and i think smoke was coming out from under bonnet. there was a large puddle of water ( no oil in it ) underneath. the fan doesnt seem to have come on. did i leave it running too long or it there a problem with my fan?

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You have overheated the engine, check the engine cooling fan operation there is a problem I suspect.

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I believe it is your factory anti-theft system. check your owners manual for how to disengage same.

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SOURCE: 2003 BMW X5 fan runs after engine is off, drains battery

if you mean the interior fan
replace fan control resistor driver side footwell in climate housing

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hello, if the vehicle ran with cable off one would ASUME alternator is ok! however, i bad diode in the aletnator would allow it to charge yet have a massive voltage draw as well, almost all of todays parts stores will do a free starting and charging test for you! ......ps a large voltage drop would rob your ignition of voltage causing your miss!.good luck, marty

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SOURCE: 1999 bmw 528i replaced battery and alternator

Replace your battery when its being tested there not testing it under a heavy enough load. A battery could have a dead cell in it and still show good on the charger. I've had that problem a few times.

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SOURCE: BMW X3 2.5si M series. High Oil Consumption

hi, this consumption seems high, i would take it to a dealer and ask them to check the oil sensor.......
P.S. is there a lot of smoke coming from the exhaust, if so, it may be burning a little oil, ask dealer to check it

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