Engine Cooling problem
1989 BMW 320 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 37000 miles
My wife's BMW has been sat in a garage for just under 2 years.
After changing the battery the car started first time. There was some white smoke, which cleared after a while, and some water from the exhaust pipe. I left the engine running for at least an hour, giving it intermittent revs. The engine reached normal temperature but did not overheat.
However, the rubber hoses, forming part of the coolant system, were soft enough to be squeezed easily by hand. I am not very knowledgeable but believe this means there is air in the system and am starting to think the head gasket might therefore be blown.
The car is not taxed or insured so I can't really take it out to a mechanic. I'm trying to decide whether it's worth taxing and insuring the car as it's a beautiful machine but do not want to do so if it has a serious problem.
In a nutshell, if anyone could tell em whether the symptoms are anything to worry about then I would be very grateful.
Monday, September 6th, 2010 AT 1:59 PM