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  1. 2003 BMW E46 sounds like a steam train - Help

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Having a problem with my 2003 BMW E46 320i 2.2 I have steam from the left side of the engine which comes in spurts of steam, like a steam train. can anyone please give me an idea of what it could be? Thank you
  2. BMW 320i - Got red temperature light on the motorway, then steam and water from under the engine

    BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi All, I am writing while waiting for the AA on the M1 :) I got stuck on a congestion with on a 25 degrees sunny day when the yellow temp appeared on the dash. I started to switch lanes so I can stop but it was a struggle as everybody was pushing forward. Then the red light comes on and...
  3. Steam e46 316i SE touring 2003 n42

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi all. First post here. I did check the search thread but to be honest it takes so long to load pages that I have up after the 3rd page. When driving my temp gauge doesn't go above 12 o'clock. It does however drop lower now and again (usually when slow moving or stopped). After driving for...
  4. Steam Cleaning

    BMW 6 Series - Tech Talk E24,E63,E64,F12,F13
    I'll be doing my bank 1 valve cover seals shortly, when I did bank 2 it was a real pain cleaning all the gunk from the inside of the cover so I'm considering using a steam cleaner. Question is can anyone tell me what exactly is inside the PCV in the cover, obviously I'll remove the CCV from it...
  5. Another Cooling Post - Post expansion tank replacement steam from expansion tank

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi All Im sure this has probably been covered elsewhere but cant find this specifically. I had a cracked expansion tank in my 323CI. Replaced it without much bother, bled the system through and took it for a test drive. The engine temperature is good holding steady at about 12oclock on the...
  6. my lovely 8 has let out some steam :(

    BMW 8 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E31
    hi guys i pulled up to work the other day (3 mile journey) i noticed some steam (minimal) coming out of the passenger side kidney grille. popped the bonnet and everything seems to be ok in the way of no obvious leaks etc. i checked the coolant and the little red bob was low so i topped it up to...
  7. engine steam cleaning safe to have done on my bmw e90

    General BMW Discussions
    Hi guys my engine bay is not the cleanest was just wondering if it's safe to have it cleaned it's a 318d e90 cheers for the advice
  8. 318ti compact steam from radiator? cap

    General BMW Discussions
    Hello all, I have a 2004 318ti compact and today whilst on a half hour drive the coolant low light came on. I checked the level when it cooled down after several hours and the indicator was just above the max mark.I drove again much later and the light came on again after 20 minutes but this...
  9. 1999 - 318I Se Auto - Steam Clean the Engine

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi All, Happy new year, Just a question, is it advisable to get the engine steam cleaned? its a bit grimy and recently had to deal with a nasty oil leak - the engine could do with a good clean but I'm not sure if its healthy for the engine or if it will cause more issues that anything else...
  10. e46 330i light bonnet smoke or steam

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    I have had my e46 330i for about a year and a bit and it is not proving to be that reliable. The new problem is that there is a little amount of smoke or steam on the top of the bonnet when i wait at traffic lights. The engine temperature is good and does not change so the car is not over...
  11. Coolant light on, steam from front end, top of rad hot bottom cold...

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Was driving to work last week and noticed my coolant light come on. Came to a set of traffic lights and it went off, thought maybe needs topping up a little, but before I got a chance to pull over I noticed steam coming from the front of the car, I pulled over and had a look, but couldn't see...
  12. Engine steam/leak issue-please help.

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi, I own a 2002 318 ci. In the last couple of weeks the engine has twice started to steam/smoke when I have stopped (quite clear in colour, doesn't last very long and seems to be coming from both sides). The temperature however has been the same and remained on normal. I've also notice that...
  13. E46 - Coolant light & steam from engine bay

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi all, Last night the coolant light kept coming on intermittently. My friend noticed steam coming from my engine bay so I turned the engine off. I let the engine cool, even when the engine had cooled down to being warm, there was still steam coming from the engine bay. The steam seemed to be...
  14. Is it possible to upgrade my Bluetooth to steam music in my 2008 320iMsport

    BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi I have a prefacelift 2008 320i Msport. The bluetooth works great with my phone, the only thing that is missing is the ability to stream music via bluetooth. I understand more recent models support this. Does anyone know if an upgrade to the software is possible thanks Andy
  15. 2002 E46 N42 318i auto - Losing coolant, milky sludge in oil cap and dipstick, white smoke steam from exhaust

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Now then, time to post another problem with my losing faith in BMW and feel that I should have stuck to the trusty little Astra!!! For the past couple of weeks it has been losing coolant every other day. Sometimes, I can actually smell the coolant whilst driving before the...
  16. E90 318i M sport steam coming from kidney grills

    BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    This morning I was coming into work in the rain and wet, I floored it a bit (as you have to in the 318 sometimes...) came to rest at a set of lights and noticed some steam coming from the kidney grills. I didn't have a chance to get out and smell the steam at the time and when I got to work it...
  17. 2003 330ci sport - Changed waterpump now steam from engine bay.

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hey all, I changed my howling water pump yesterday, easy fix and went smoothly, all seemed great. Now today after 30mins of driving I come to a stop and notice whisps of steam from the engine bay, it only occurs when the engine is hot and you give it revs above 3-4k. So it's...
  18. 320d m sport steam from engine and radiator

    General BMW Discussions
    As we draw closer to christmas i have noticed that my car has started steaming alot from the radiator i have bin told to add a sealent called add it and before doing so it was reducing my water in the radiator fluid was really low considering i topped it up on friday as i went for a 200 mile...
  19. Steam cleaning tips

    BMW Detailing, Bodywork and Styling forum
    Hi all I have a 2003 320d and was thinking about degreasing the engine and giving it a good clean as its caked in drirt. Another,month ad I should see mushrooms growing. My question is it safe for a novice to do so?
  20. 1994 E36 318 M43 - Loosing coolant and steam from back of engine.

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    As per my previous post. I have replaced a faulty thermostat and water pump. Once this had been done i decided to take it for a test drive. It heated up to temperature and stuck there for a bit and then overheated again. I pulled over and when i opened the bonnet i noticed small whisps of steam...