How did that get there?

Braz86

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British Zeds
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Feb 26, 2019
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64
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Aylesbury, Bucks
Model of Z
Z3
Fiddling around blindly underneath, I felt a few leaves between the two radiators so decided to pull them out. Then I felt more and more. Decided to pull the rad off the brackets and lean it back to see what was going on. 20 years of everything it turns out
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Now I'm used to cleaning heat exchangers and the such like at work, but how can so much get in a gap barely big enough to stick a finger?! Took the plastic edge strip off the top of the radiator to brush off wedged feathers and it came out alright. Here's the pile left
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So it may be a good idea to take 10 minutes to pull the radiator out a bit and clean between. It'll be worth it!
 

t-tony

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Torksey Lock,Lincoln, England
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E89 Z4 23i Auto
Very similar for Z4 (E85) owners, when you change the A/C pollen/cabin filter you'll need a vacuum cleaner handy.

Tony.

ps. Not a problem with the Z3.
 

Synclare

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Staffordshire
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1.9
It's the same with the air trunking that takes air to the rear of the alternator for cooling purposes - chances are it's blocked solid at the rear of the alternator.
 

Sean d

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British Zeds
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Lincolnshire
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Z3 2.8
It's the same with the air trunking that takes air to the rear of the alternator for cooling purposes - chances are it's blocked solid at the rear of the alternator.
Yes mine was full of leaves when I removed it, now that reminds me, I made a mesh cover but never fitted it
 

mwpe

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Camberley
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3.0
I had the same thing when I changed my water pump etc, had to take the rad out as I had sheared the drain plug and ended up wearing about 15 years worth of leaves and mud.
 
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