How to check, add coolant BMW  3-Series 2004-2013

How to check, add coolant BMW 3-Series 2004-2013

Last Updated on Thursday Jan 11, 2018

Learn how to check coolant level on BMW 3-Series 2004-2013. This guide applies to BMW 316i, 318i, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335is, 335xi, 320d, 320xd, 325d, 330d, 330xd, 335d, M3, and M3 GTS.

Symptoms

  • Check Coolant Warning,
  • Low Engine Coolant Message
  • Engine Overheating

What you will need

Instructions

Step 1 - Open Hood

Locate the hood release underneath the dashboard of your BMW 3-Series Pull the lever until you hear the BMW hood pop open. Next, you need to release the hood safety latch at the front of your 3-Series.

Open hood to add coolant check level on BMW  3-Series

Lift up the hood and secure it in the open position.

Step 2 - Locate Coolant Reservoir

Next, you locate the coolant reservoir (tank) on your BMW. This is where you can check coolant level and add coolant if the level is low. On a 3-Series the coolant expansion tank is located on the passenger side of the engine.

  • Open the cap slowly. 
  • Open the cap when the engine has cooled down.

How to check coolant BMW  316i, 318i, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335is, 335xi, 320d, 320xd, 325d, 330d, 330xd, 335d, M3, and M3 GTS

Step 3 - Check BMW 3-Series Coolant Level

Remove cap. Look at the coolant reservoir tank and note the low and high level. If the level is below the minimum mark you will need to add coolant or your 3-Series may overheat. BMW 3-series uses the floating device to determine coolant level.

check low coolant level 2004-2013 BMW  3-Series

Step 4 - Add Coolant / Antifreeze

Add engine coolant/antifreeze. Only add colant type recommended by BMW .