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Old 11-03-2017, 09:10 AM   #21
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Old 11-05-2017, 10:13 AM   #22
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I finally got around to driving it yesterday.

Well the coolant reservoir is leaking where it's supposed to meet up with the mounting plate thing.

Was there an o ring I missed? Is it a faulty part.

I honestly don't see how it could have been done wrong.

I'll pull the tank tomorrow night but I really hope I don't have to pull the mounting bracket.

Anyway it's not huge deal since I got the parts from fcp. But it is annoying
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Did the parts click when you pushed them together?
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Old 11-05-2017, 02:06 PM   #24
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Did the parts click when you pushed them together?
They did
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Old 11-05-2017, 03:22 PM   #25
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If I'm thinking of the same place where the bracket goes into the radiator yes there is an o ring for it. There are o rings all over this cooling system that like to fall off without you knowing when taking it apart.

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Old 11-05-2017, 04:03 PM   #26
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If I'm thinking of the same place where the bracket goes into the radiator yes there is an o ring for it. There are o rings all over this cooling system that like to fall off without you knowing when taking it apart.

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I'd really like to dick punch the guy who designed this cooling system.

Oh well once I get this sorted the car is trouble free, right?
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Old 11-05-2017, 05:40 PM   #27
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I don't recall having to explicitly install any o-ring.
Aren't they already on the parts themselves?
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:21 PM   #28
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So I pulled the Reservoir and there was nothing obviously wrong with it. So I put it back together and it is still leaking

How can I tell if it is the reservoir for the mounting bracket

Is it possible to replace the mounting bracket without pulling the radiator?
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Old 11-08-2017, 05:09 PM   #29
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I emailed FCP and they dont think it is fully seated. How much force do you have to put on this thing?
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Old 11-08-2017, 05:35 PM   #30
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Do not use anti seize on the bolt. Torque specs are designed for dry and clean installation (unless otherwise noted). If you use anti seize (or the opposite - have loads of crud in the threads) you will hit that torque spec much later than had you not used antiseize (aka the bolt will spin farther in than designed before getting to the specified torque. And the opposite if there is loads of crap in the threads - you would reach the torque spec earlier than were it clean). Not really a big deal as many people forgo torque specs all together - but still, as good practice, try not to use antiseize unless instructed to!
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Old 11-08-2017, 05:46 PM   #31
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I emailed FCP and they dont think it is fully seated. How much force do you have to put on this thing?
I can't remember off hand and I've done it on 2 cars. Removal was the hard part for me from what I remember.

Go to minute 24:30 in this 50skid video to see him install the ET ... he doesn't seem to use THAT much force ...

Is the ATF t-stat fully seated? Piece of the old one left behind?

Not sure if mentioned already, but what brand parts are you using?

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Old 11-08-2017, 06:17 PM   #32
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I can't remember off hand and I've done it on 2 cars. Removal was the hard part for me from what I remember.

Go to minute 24:30 in this 50skid video to see him install the ET ... he doesn't seem to use THAT much force ...

Is the ATF t-stat fully seated? Piece of the old one left behind?

Not sure if mentioned already, but what brand parts are you using?


Its a manual transmission.
The bracket is OEM and the Reservoir is Rein....or Visa Versa.

Yea, I had my neighbor install it the second time around when I was under it. I saw the metal clip, click

This is so annoying.....
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I emailed FCP and they dont think it is fully seated. How much force do you have to put on this thing?
Not a ton. I actually have the spare parts in my garage, and will post a video of them being snapped together tonight or tomm. AM.
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:21 AM   #34
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I used a screw from Home Depot

The old thermostat housing screws were corroded (2001 330ci). Replaced the screws in July 2017 and the car has been running fine since then.

Except for the damn headlights...which is another issue.
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Here's another possibility:

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ICP is sending me new parts.

BTW, great customer service at FCP

Can i remove the retaining bracket thing without removing the radiator?
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I?m putting in the new parts and I?m now noticing that the coolant level sensor has no o-ring. Is that normal?
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I?m putting in the new parts and I?m now noticing that the coolant level sensor has no o-ring. Is that normal?
That's because it's a dry chamber it runs in, uses a magnet in the tank.
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:50 PM   #40
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Thank you everyone.

I got all the parts in on Saturday and its leak free. I even felt confident enough to have my wife drive it to work
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