Cooling system bleed procedure

How do I go about bleeding air out of my E36's cooling system? When opening the bleed valve, I can hear air escaping - do I start the engine and let it run a bit, then switch off and bleed again?
Also, where do I start looking for a leak, 'cause it keeps losing cooling liquid?
Thanks in advance
MW
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You didn't say which motor you have, so your question is a bit difficult to answer.
If you have a system with a separate expansion tank, there is no bleeding needed. The system will push the air into the tank by itself.
For systems with the integrated expansion tank, there is a screw at the top of the tank next to the fill hole. Open the bleed screw and set the heater controls to full hot and slowly add fluid until it comes out of the bleeder. Tighten the screw and start themotor. Allow full operating temp to be reached, let engine cool and check the level. Repeat as needed. (The book says that topping off is all that should be needed.)
As for your coolant loss, you could be having problems. The M50 (the inline 6) motor has a place where the head likes to crack. If you allowed the motor to overheat, odds favor the crack having been formed. The crack occurs between a water galley (passage) in the head and one of the exhaust ports, I recall the #3 Forward exhaust port as being the precise location but I'm a bit fuzzy on it. In any case, the head must be pulled to see if you have the crack. The head gasket can slos be a problkem area for your symptoms, and the good news is that the head has to come off to see if this is your trouble; so you can check two things at once. (I appreciate that the "good news" is not all that pleasant.)
What happens here is that coolant passes into the exhaust stream in very small amounts, and blows out the tail pipe. when the crack is small, you'll not know that there is water vapor present in the exhaust, eventually the crack can enlarge to the point of visible steam but I'd suppose you would have serious problems at that point that you would notice in the lack of pleasant driving qualities that you have come to expect. In any case, this is why you can loose coolant and not see where it is coming out.

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On Thu, 12 Apr 2007 15:02:49 GMT, "Jeff Strickland"

Just another place to look which is easy to check... Front of the radiator... I managed to hole mine from a stone... It only leaked when it was under pressure (so hot) and water never dripped off it as it just evaporated off the hot surface.
I only discovered it because the antifreeze started to discolour the front of the rad and I was on my knees polishing the kidney grills one day.
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Good call ...
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On Thu, 12 Apr 2007 17:15:23 GMT, "Jeff Strickland"

Thank you sir.
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