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Old 30-Aug-2011, 12:33 AM
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I was driving my 318ci today when the warning light came on indicating that the coolant level was low. I pulled into a roadside garage to get coolant. The engine had steam coming off it and when I examined it there was water lying under the engine, not very much but the area was damp. I drove the final 15 miles home and when I parked up there was a lot of steam coming from under the bonnet. I checked on the car 20mins later and the engine was still steaming, although not as much. What could be causing this? The engine temperature display is normal. It doesn't seem to have effected the car's performance which been perfect since I got it fully serviced in March. I'm really hoping it's something minor that wont cost a fortune to fix. Any help would really be appreciated, thanks!
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Old 30-Aug-2011, 07:48 AM
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Quite possible a cracked expansion tank/rad/hoses. As long as it didn't overheat you should be ok
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Old 30-Aug-2011, 08:44 AM
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Yea, exactly what happened me. take it to an advance pitstop or something, get them to diagnose it and it should be v cheap for a hose, and I think 40 plus labour for the expansion tank.
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Old 30-Aug-2011, 12:38 PM
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cracks in expansion tank are very common in 318ci...i'd put my house on that being the problem

not a pricey fix...cost me 60 quid all in using oem part...cheaper if you get from otto etc
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happened to the wifes 318ci. was the rad. we changed teh expansion bottle as well because as the lads said they are prone to crack, dont cost much and had to come out anyway when replacing the rad.
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My expansion tank cracked, I replaced it with my mates old radiator expansion tank that was lying in my back garden.
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That's exactly what it was, a cracked expansion tank. Luckily my insurance has paid to get the car towed and I'm just waiting for the new tank to be delivered to the garage. Should have the car back again tomorrow. Glad to hear that it's not an expensive job. Meanwhile, I'm nipping about town in my courtesy Nissan Micra, what a difference! Thanks for the help
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ah d aul expansion tank strikes again
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About to buy a 318Ci and just wondering if there is any preventative maintenance that can be done before these cracked tanks and pipes become an issue?

Thanks in advance.
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About to buy a 318Ci and just wondering if there is any preventative maintenance that can be done before these cracked tanks and pipes become an issue?

Thanks in advance.
budget a few hundred quid for a fuss coolent system overhall. waterpump, thermostat, expansion tank and related hoses plus a full flush and fill
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