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  1. #71
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    Great so I just discovered two fluid leaks -

    - This one is more troublesome. There is a slight coolant leak from where the upper radiator hose meets the radiator. I see white coolant residue on top of the expansion tank.

    - Windshield washer leak from the headlight washer pump which was capped off 3 years ago. The leak is from my cap-off job so I guess I didn't do a great job. Can be easily fixed.

    These along with the various squeaks and rattles within the cabin almost wants me to call it quits on the E46
    anandoc

    2004 330i auto | ZPP, ZCW | Schwarz 2 (668) | schwarz (N6SW)

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    Quote Originally Posted by anandoc View Post
    Great so I just discovered two fluid leaks -

    - This one is more troublesome. There is a slight coolant leak from where the upper radiator hose meets the radiator. I see white coolant residue on top of the expansion tank.

    - Windshield washer leak from the headlight washer pump which was capped off 3 years ago. The leak is from my cap-off job so I guess I didn't do a great job. Can be easily fixed.

    These along with the various squeaks and rattles within the cabin almost wants me to call it quits on the E46

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    Quote Originally Posted by anandoc View Post
    Great so I just discovered two fluid leaks -

    - This one is more troublesome. There is a slight coolant leak from where the upper radiator hose meets the radiator. I see white coolant residue on top of the expansion tank.

    - Windshield washer leak from the headlight washer pump which was capped off 3 years ago. The leak is from my cap-off job so I guess I didn't do a great job. Can be easily fixed.

    These along with the various squeaks and rattles within the cabin almost wants me to call it quits on the E46
    hey... you can borrow the montero - leaking fuel and all - and see how much your love for the E46 grows.

    those, fortunately, are easy ones. get a new washer tank - sans headlight washer pump hole - and don't worry about it anymore (i put one of these in the Touring ).

    the coolant leak doesn't sound too bad. likely the expansion tank itself - i had one do this.
    peter



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    Hopefully this will take care of the ever recurring headlamp washer leak for good.



    Parts used:

    1) 3/8" tubing
    2) 10mm metric screw (length does not matter)
    3) Clamp (forget the size)

    Now, for the coolant leak.....

    [And the brake wear sensor wire that got frayed by the 17" winter wheels. Sigh.]
    anandoc

    2004 330i auto | ZPP, ZCW | Schwarz 2 (668) | schwarz (N6SW)

    aFe Stage-1 Pro DRY S intake | Morimoto FX-R 3.0 retrofit | ///M3 Seats (power, heat, bolster adj.) | ///M3 Strut Brace | ///M3 SMG Steering Wheel retrofit | OEM Alarm retrofit | GROM USB | Khoalty angel eyes


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    Hah. It's a real shame that it's a matter of when not if that the headlight washers will leak. I think they look cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    Hah. It's a real shame that it's a matter of when not if that the headlight washers will leak. I think they look cool.
    My first car had headlight wipers. Washers will never be as cool to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    My first car had headlight wipers. Washers will never be as cool to me.
    volvo?
    peter



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    Quote Originally Posted by slater View Post
    volvo?
    850 GLT baby! Headlight wipers came as part of the winter package, along with the wimpiest heated seats of all time.
    Emma - 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP 6MT Estorilblau Individual

    Sportline 8s 18x8.5F - 18x9.5R | APEX ARC-8 18x8.5 Square | aFe Intake | 135i Brembo F/R Calipers | 26mm Front/20mm Rear Sway Bars | Z4 Mirror
    M3 Dead Pedal | M3 Front Seats | Lexus ES300 Yellow Fog Light Retrofit | Koni Yellows/H&R Springs | Llumar CTX 40% | Coby Tri-Stitch Wheel & Boots

    Awaiting Install: M3 Wing Mirrors

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    Quote Originally Posted by 704sw View Post
    850 GLT baby! Headlight wipers came as part of the winter package, along with the wimpiest heated seats of all time.
    ha. it's probably because the leather was so thick... took forever to warm up.
    peter



    2005 BMW 330iT ZHP 6MT | obnoxious

    2007 BMW X3 3.0si M Sport 6MT | the X

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    Quote Originally Posted by slater View Post
    ha. it's probably because the leather was so thick... took forever to warm up.
    It really did! I chalked it up to low power heaters—like they weren’t sure how much butt toasting it could handle before lighting people on fire.
    Emma - 2005 BMW 330ci ZHP 6MT Estorilblau Individual

    Sportline 8s 18x8.5F - 18x9.5R | APEX ARC-8 18x8.5 Square | aFe Intake | 135i Brembo F/R Calipers | 26mm Front/20mm Rear Sway Bars | Z4 Mirror
    M3 Dead Pedal | M3 Front Seats | Lexus ES300 Yellow Fog Light Retrofit | Koni Yellows/H&R Springs | Llumar CTX 40% | Coby Tri-Stitch Wheel & Boots

    Awaiting Install: M3 Wing Mirrors

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