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Fix BMW Broken Coolant Hose

BMW engine radiator hose outlet to engine block may break or crack while the engine is running, causing coolant loss and the engine to overheat. 

Fix BMW Broken Coolant Hose
ESTIMATED TIME 15-30 min
DIY COST $15-$45
DIFFICULTY Easy

The original outlet is made of plastic and is prone to failure. The part is found on many BMW models, including the popular BMW 335i.

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What you will need

The other advantage of the aluminum design over the OEM part is that the aluminum fitting has a larger diameter, which improves the coolant flow.

Procedure

The fitting is mounted with two bolts and has a 1-inch diameter.

The hose connects the coolant thermostat housing hose at the front of the engine.

  1. Park the BMW and allow the engine to cool down. Set the parking brakes.
  2. Pull the hood release under the dashboard on the driver's side of the vehicle.
  3. Open the hood and locate the coolant fitting near the front of the engine.bmw cracked coolant hose outlet
  4. Remove two 10mm bolts.BMW 335i 11537541992 11537544638 OEM WATER HOSE FITTING REPLACEMENT ALUMINUM6061
  5. Remove the old fitting from the engine block.BMW 335i 11537541992 11537544638 OEM WATER HOSE FITTING REPLACEMENT ALUMINUM6061The o-ring needs to be removed as well, as it may get stuck inside.1pc Water Hose Fitting BMW 335i Aluminum6061 OEM# 11537541992 11537544638
  6. Clean the outlet on the engine block. Remove any remaining pieces from the coolant hose.BMW N54 335i 335xi Water Hose Fitting Replacement
  7. Install the new fitting. Lubricate the seal O ring before installation. Tighten the two 10 mm bolts.OEM 11537541992 11537544638 BMW N54 Water Hose Fitting Replacement Aluminum6061
  8. Slide the coolant hose on the outlet port.bmw coolant leak
  9. Tighten the clamp.bmw coolant leak hose
  10. Add engine coolant. It is recommended only to use the BMW engine coolant. add bmw engine coolant

     

Notes

The best solution is to replace the plastic fitting with a metal part that will not leak and crack like the original. See what you will need to list above. 

When purchased from the dealer, the broken part may come as one piece with the hose. We could not verify if BMW sells only the outlet fitting. This problem can be fixed by replacing the defective outlet, and it is not necessary to replace the coolant hose.

The hose should be replaced if it is leaking or damaged.

Applications

This part is found on N54, N53, N52, and N51 3.0-liter motors.

This guide applies to the following vehicles:

  • N54 3.0L twin-turbo motors in 335i, 335xi, 135i
  • N53 (3.0-liter non-turbo) in 2006 - 2010 325i, 330i, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi
  • N20 (2.0-liter turbo) Z4 2013 and newer
  • N52 X3
  • N55 motors

Comments

Visitor

The metal piece of mine is semi broken. I am concerned if that piece may have fallen down through the tube into who knows what? Any advice ?

Visitor

Did anyone had white vapor come from the radiator at first.? Cuz the coolant was sprayed there?

Visitor

On what part of the coolant outlet? Is this the original manufactures' outlet? If so, most original ones are made with a composite plastic resin with two small metal eyelets where the 10mm bolts go to mount the fitting, so it tends to brake down into an almost wood like substance when exposed to extremely high temps over time. In this situation I don't believe the engine or transmission would be a major concern if a piece broke off, other than the possibility of a coolant leak and overheating. But if your fitting does happen to be metal then I would say an immediate flush of the system would need to be performed. Hope this offers any useful information to you. Best of luck and Happy Trails! #LoveTheLove

Visitor

Do you have to drain your coolant before changing this fitting

Visitor

Where can you purchase the medal connector from? No auto stores I've been to don't seem to have it ..

Visitor

No you don't have to-- I just did mine during my lunch break. the hose will have coolant so I put a paper coffee cup underneath and emptied enough out of the hose to put it in place again. top up coolant and bleed w/ water pump procedure after.

Visitor

Where can I buy this fitting and hose assembly because for my 328i this area was the source of the leak. I opened this hose and the fitting was damaged. So it needs to be replaced. Thanks

Visitor

I need the 2 bolts. Lost mine between time I took the part out and the new one came in. Any help? I tried looking online and found nothing.

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Fix BMW Broken Coolant Hose BMW engine radiator hose outlet to engine block may break or crack while the engine is running, causing coolant loss and the engine to overheat.