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1997 BMW 528i Question: coolant resevoir tank blew a 5 inch rip i relaced it car ran for 3/4 mile ,and

 

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gayna, Union City, CA, December 26, 2012, 10:42
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overheated sat it for 2 hours and was able to drive it home, it starts, it runs but if i drive it more than a mile it starts to smell and steam comes out from underhood ive known i have had an oil leak for sometime but have not had the money to fix it i know its not a head gasket because car purrs there is a rainbow color leak rt under drivers side near tire well any advice?

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13978 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper December 26, 2012, 12:32
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    POSS AIR BUBBLE IN COOLING SYSTEM. HAVE CAR CHEMICALLY TESTED FOR HEADGASKET POSS LEAK

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    gayna, December 26, 2012, 16:17
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    oh k i thought that thats prolly what it is
    thank u for ur answer..

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    Palo Alto Shell from Palo Alto Shell, December 26, 2012, 13:01
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    We think it could be an air pocket as well, but if you are seeing steam you must have another coolant leak. We would also recommend checking to see if there was or is any head gasket damage. Oil leak could be PCV system pretty common on BMW's.

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    gayna, December 26, 2012, 16:20
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    Thank you so much

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    Miles Auto Services (884 Answers) , Richmond, VA - (804) 885-4176
    milesauto December 26, 2012, 14:44
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    potential causes:
    AIR — Air in the system.
    Restricted Coolant
    Cracked Cylinder Head
    Leaking Cylinder Head Gasket
    Loose Drive Belt
    Defective Water Pump

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    gayna, December 26, 2012, 16:20
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    u all seem to be pointing to a leak in a head gasket
    so thats what ill shoot to get fixed. ill go for the
    simpler fixes and go down your list and pray its not the
    water pump...thank you much

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