Ultra gauge?Car: 2006 330ci 6spd
So I drove my E46 from Indiana to Texas for a road trip.
Indianapolis to Dallas
Dallas to San Antonio
San Antonio to Austin
Austin to Indianapolis
It was an 8-day trip and Texas is an awesome state! Loved San Antonio and Austin. Both of these cities had an amazing vibe.
The car performed flawlessly for most of the trip.
From Dallas to San Antonio on the interstate, I suddenly saw the red battery symbol come up in the dash. Wasn't sure what it could be about as I had a new battery in there.
Right then my ultra gauge threw a high temp warning and my eyes were pulled towards the temp gauge and sure enough that needle had started to move and damn does it move fast! I pulled over ASAP, even before it could reach anywhere close to the red mark.
Investigation on the shoulder revealed that the pulley had snapped off and the pump had stopped working. (Cooling system refresh was carried out for second time during ownership just before the trip so it had new pulleys, belts, and everything else) Looking at it it seemed that the bolt holding the pulley to the pump backed off - just my guess. One bolt was there and the other one had sheared off in the pump. Oh well. Since the other bolt had sheared off as well the pump had to be replaced too.
Called Geico roadside assistance. It was raining. Badly. Called 7 different auto stores. Found the pulley and pump at an O Rileys in Waco. Towed the car there. Changed the pump and pulley & then rebled the system. All the time it was raining like crazy and I was afraid that water might creep in the fan connectors and cause some issues! Thankfully that didn't happen. The repair was successful and the car performed perfectly rest of the trip.
10/10 for Geico Roadside Assistance
10/10 for Ultra Gauge.
Eventful fun trip.