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04-01-2010 02:45 PM #1
- randolph, NJ, United StatesMember No: 59809
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This past Tue, in the middle of a rainstorm of course, my 330Ci overheated while idling. I caught it just as the gauge hit the beginning of the red block and shut it off. (I was at a cemetery waiting for a funeral to start, BTW)Upon opening the hood, both electrical connections to the fan were disconnected.(manual transmissions have no belt driven fan)I Re-connected them and after cooling off the temp was back to normal. Both of these block connectors are the positive snap type where you need two hands to depress the tab and pull apart.... So how could this happen? My wife of course holds me responsible since in January I changed the thermostat and had removed the fan.(I think that has something to do with her having to walk through the puddles while the car cooled off) however, since then I've been in conditions that would have caused overheating if the fan was not operating. My thought was someone else deliberate action, but I'm the only one who goes under the hood. The last time the car was out of my control was early Feb when it was at the dealer for the rear sub frame class action inspection, and there was no reason for them to go under the hood. Anybody ever heard of anything similar?
BTW, I have now learned that the red area of the gauge is illuminated and glows when the needle hits it.
04-02-2010 02:57 PM #2
It could have been you!
Could be you put the connectors together, but not enough to latch. Then it took time to work its way loose. Did it latch solidly when you put them together this time? Probably never know for sure what you did in the past.
I'd discount the possibility of the dealer doing anything to this. Playing the odds on that one.
Interesting tip regarding the temp gauge lighting up. Hope I never see that! All adds to the collective wisdom here.
04-03-2010 05:34 AM #3
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