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Markyk40
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Dec 1, 2012, 10:35 AM

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My bmw 320d Sign In

Hi I have a bmw 320d keeps getting oil in the rad not over heating no smoke out of back no water in the engine at all . my mate thinks it is the oil cooler can any one help thanks


Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 1, 2012, 11:30 AM

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Re: My bmw 320d Sign In

If either engine or transmission oil is cooled in an end tank of the radiator that would be most likely. Oil in with coolant doesn't take much to make a mess of the coolant. Worse the rubber hoses or any cooling system rubber parts are not going to do well with oil.

Clean out entire cooling system starting with even automatic dishwashing or laundry soap, Simple Green said to help or others and flush all that out before getting it back together.

Some chance engine gaskets like head gasket could mix there so if radiator isn't used for cooling an oil keep checking. Some dirtiness in a recovery tank can be normal with some time. Real oil invasion would be making it like a milk shake all throughout,

T


Markyk40
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Dec 1, 2012, 11:48 AM

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Re: My bmw 320d Sign In

Hi thanks for getting back to me my car is a manual it is like a gray think oil I have ask a round and was told if the head gasket had gone it would not run and it smoke white smoke out the back. and over heat is that right my car dose not do any of that , bit worried
As to close to Xmas thanks for all your help


Hammer Time
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Dec 1, 2012, 1:30 PM

Post #4 of 9 (3067 views)
Re: My bmw 320d Sign In

Head damage can expose itself in many different ways. If you don't have an engine oil cooler on the car, then you are likely looking at a head gasket or cracked head.



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Markyk40
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Dec 1, 2012, 1:44 PM

Post #5 of 9 (3055 views)
Re: My bmw 320d Sign In

Hi thanks think it dose as I buy a oil cooler on eBay , the car is a 2001 bmw e46 320 d estate . I hope you can help thanks for your time


Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 1, 2012, 2:26 PM

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Re: My bmw 320d Sign In

If you have added an ENGINE oil cooler I doubt it is using the radiator itself. Any engine parts involved that are keeping fluids or gasses apart from each other could fail any which way. Using radiator for cooling automatic transmission fluid is common to me alone or with and extra possible.

I couldn't guess what you bought off of Ebay for what. If an oil is getting into coolant it isn't normal for any reason it could and needs to be tended to/fixed at once,

T


Markyk40
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Dec 1, 2012, 2:50 PM

Post #7 of 9 (3044 views)
Re: My bmw 320d Sign In

Hi I have not put any parts on it yet I only had the car 2 weeks. runs ok and not over heating or smoking, I've been told it won't be the head gasket and if it was it would cost me around £550! I've driven it 60 miles and its drives fine so the oil cooler would not push oil in to the rad I can not find any cream in the engine or the dip stick and the oil cap , just gray stuff in the rad or and the heater still getting hot I some thing about cars but I never seen this before thanks mark


Hammer Time
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Dec 1, 2012, 3:24 PM

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Somebody ripped you off. They must have known it had the problem and it could mean a new engine.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 1, 2012, 3:42 PM

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Re: My bmw 320d Sign In

? Mark - You've been told this and that and just owned this vehicle a couple weeks. If there's a problem or issue that "someone told you" would be this or that or cost what that isn't dependable anything.

If it did need a head gasket job I don't know who could give you such a fast price like"£550" = British Pounds me me and that wouldn't be enough if that's all it needed. You wouldn't know the extent of just that type job until parts were sent out or inspected carefully for more than just a gasket.

The time to check out a car is BEFORE you acquire it not after. If you own this now get it checked out by a qualified shop. I don't think any version of this vehicle is sold where most regular techs are from at this site, mostly USA and Canada. The model saying 320'd' suggests it's diesel to me and BMW nameplate can mean that only certain shops would be equipped to service these and others that are more specialty cars as well.

I really think you should have this inspected by a pro,

T






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