2008 BMW 318 No heating-high engine temp

Tiny
LEFLEY
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  • 2008 BMW 318
Engine Cooling problem
2008 BMW 318 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual

Hi I have never had any problem with my car until now. Started it this morning and it sounded rough, almost like the plugs need changing. I seem to be getting nothing but cold air through the heaters and the engine temperature is the highest I have ever seen it and I am concerned that perhaps the head gasget has gone, can you confirm this or suggest anything else?
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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 AT 2:42 AM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

You may have a thermostat stuck closed, get this checked asap as if it is you will run the risk of doing a head gasket, if it has not already so, as the rough idle is not a good sign.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 AT 3:02 AM
Tiny
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A 2008 should be covered under the manufacturers warranty, have you tried letting BMW fix it yet?
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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 AT 11:22 AM
Tiny
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Its not a 2008 its 1998 118ti compact. Dont know where I went wrong there, if it were then it would have been the first thing I would have done
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Thursday, November 20th, 2008 AT 4:43 AM
Tiny
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Cheers

It's not the head gasket as thought. I have had it compression tested and it seems fine. I limped it home yesterday, and I got heat from the heaters but the engine still overheated. Im thinking now that its the water pump? What are your thoughts?

Dannie
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Thursday, November 20th, 2008 AT 4:45 AM
Tiny
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Mark (MHPautos) had started this interaction with some good advice, I would direct you to start with that and inspect both the water pump and the thermostat and let us know.
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Thursday, November 20th, 2008 AT 10:24 AM
Tiny
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Hi. All your help has been greatly appricieated. It actually turned out to be the rad would you believe. The last thing I expected as I didn't seem to be loosing water like you would expect!
Cheers boys
Dannie
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Friday, November 21st, 2008 AT 2:25 AM
Tiny
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See Mark, you fixed another one. You're a genius!
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Friday, November 21st, 2008 AT 11:18 AM
Tiny
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Hay Doc,

Your the cats whiskers when it comes to Beamers, lol

Mark in Oz.
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Friday, November 21st, 2008 AT 5:01 PM

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