88 325is overheat

My 88 325is is really pissing me off evry time i drive it its overheats then when i turn it off for a while all the antifreezee leaks out of the expansion tank some one help please??

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Have you looked at bmwe30.net or any of the other excellent sites for help? There are tech articles out there that will help diagnose your issue. I'll bet your thermostat is stuck closed or you have an air lock in the system. I am having a problem with mine getting warmer than it should and removing the thermostat will be the first thing I do. Hopefully I'll get to it this weekend.
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1) Thermostat is not opening properly - hence radiator is not effectively cooling your engine. Solution - new thermostat - 8 or so.
2) Your viscous fan is not kicking in - you will only notice this if your car over heats when in traffic as the coupling should lock up when the engine gets hot. Test this by running your engine to operating temperature when the car is stationary - DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CAR TO OVERHEAT SIGNIFICANTLY - the fan should run faster as the coupling "locks up". When you turn the engine off the fan should stop suddenly and not spin freely - don't belive the manuals that tell you the fan locks solid - it doesn't, it merely stiffens up. Solution - new viscous van coupling - 30 - 40 or so.
3) Coolant system air lock - bleed the system at the top of the thermostat housing.
4) Blocked radiator - get a new radiator. Don't forget your car is seventeen years old!!
5) Blown head gasket - your engine will run very badly if water is getting into the culinders!!
I have owned a few 325is and unfortunately they have a very fragile cylinder head. Overheating can crack the head leading to coolant in the oil and oil in the coolant and a very expensive repair bill. look for mayonnaise in the expansion tank and under the valve cover. I was able to get a re-conditioned head when it happened to my car for 500 but the whole job cost me very near to 1000 if you include the new radiator and fan etc and I did the work myself. My advice - get the car down to BMW and diagnose the problem - NOW!
If the worst has happened and the head has cracked the oil and water mix will cause overheating in itself; this leads to bearing wear, valve wear, cam wear and anything else that relies on the oil being in good condition.
I hope it is something simple and not expensive. Good Luck.
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Are you sure you don't have a blown head gasket?

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From seeing some of his other posts, I'm not sure he's sure he has a BMW...
On Thu, 13 Oct 2005 13:31:18 +0200, "MW de Jager"

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