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Checking the engine coolant (also known as antifreeze) level in your 2001 BMW X5 is pretty easy. In order to get an accurate reading, your 3.0 liter engine should be cool to the touch when you check it. Engine coolant circulates through your engine to keep it cool in the summer but won't freeze in the winter. The video above shows you where the coolant reservoir in your X5 is located and how to check the coolant level. If you need to add anti-freeze, be sure to check your owners manual to determine the correct type of coolant to add - in BMWs, it usually located in a section titled Fluid Capacities towards the end of your manual. See our video on how to add engine coolant for tips on adding coolant to your X5.
Always wear safety goggles when working on your X5. Taking off the coolant reservoir cap on a warm engine could cause the cap to up explosively and fluid to spray out of the reservoir. If you notice an oily surface in your coolant, immediately have your mechanic inspect your X5 for head gasket leakage.
If your brake fluid is a little low, learn how to add some here. Ignoring a low level leads to big problems2001 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L 6 Cyl.
Coolant hoses wear out over time and need to be replaced - check 'em early and often2001 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L 6 Cyl.
Leaking coolant is usually a sign that your water pump needs to be replaced. This video shows you how to quickly plug it2001 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L 6 Cyl.
There's no reason to check the washer fluid level without adding some - see how to do it here!2001 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L 6 Cyl.
Low coolant levels is all to common - top yours up today2001 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L 6 Cyl.
The rear wiper that you forgot you had until it streaks horrifically on a rainy day? Change it now!2001 BMW X5 3.0i 3.0L 6 Cyl.