Car Information:
BMW/318i
Year: 1997
Engine Size:
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
The car was overheating. I changed the thermostat and the radiator and it is still overheating. The water pump is good. I’m assuming it is the head gasket.

Answer:
With the head gasket set (machine work (valve job, resurface, pressure test, check for cracks), oils, coolant filters, minor engine tune) it could exceed $2500.00. To be 100% honest, no one would know worse case scenario until the cylinder head would be removed.

Note many BMW water pumps come with plastic impellers we have seen where they will start slipping on the water pump shaft and won’t pump any coolant. This needs to be checked. A C/O block test needs to be performed and a flow test before it can be determined exactly what you have going on. It may be in your best interest to have us check it before you just have the head removed.

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