coolant light on dashboard (2000 BMW 323 i)

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Asked by Apr 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM about the 2000 BMW 3 Series 323i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hey guys, wondering if you could help me answer. I got the coolant light flash on my dash board just once for about 10 - 20 sec when I started my car. And once I drove my car, the light disappeared and never came back. Is this something that I must be worried about or could I ignore it ..? Or do I need to top up the coolant or do some kind of coolant flush work on it. I live in princeton, NJ area and am new to it. Would appreciate if any one could give me contacts of BMW repairs (mechanics at reasonable prices) as the dealers are just a rip off.

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most likely just a top up. as the system heats up the coolant expands and lifts the sensor. top it up when cold and it should be ok

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Your coolant reservoir should have a level indicator get the level to this mark and your light should not go on. Also be on the lookout for a leak if you notice the level dropping again.

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The coolant level in your car is low. The system is just low enough that the normal expansion of the coolant as it warms trips the level sensor and the light goes out. The cooling system should not loose coolant unless there is a problem. The cooling system is a weak point on this vehicle you will want to keep a close eye on it. If you are not very familiar with it have someone who is check it out. This will save you lots of money and headache.

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Check for a leak on the reservoir tank or faulty temperature sensor just put pressure on the tank and you will see I had the same problem with 325i 2003, both had to be replaced.

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This is very common on these cars. Most likely you have no problen at all and the coolant is just a little low. For some reason This happens about once or twice a year. I used to be a BMW service advisor and we kept coolant in the service drive for top offs

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