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#1 (permalink) Old 11-26-2005, 06:34 PM
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Unhappy 95 740iL Steering problem

Right, so my 1995 740iL has a problem with the steering. It has done 153000 miles. I was an idiot when I bought it and took it on without any service history or paperwork, other than registration and road worthy certificates:

The night I got it, it drove fine. I drove for about 40 miles and stopped for petrol. I heard the most awful noise when steering. When I checked, there was no Power Steering (p/s) fluid. The petrol station didn't have any. So, I drove another 12 highway miles to another station - again no p/s fluid. After ANOTHER 12 highway miles, I got 'gear oil'. It was the closest thing to p/s fluid, so I put it in. That lasted a week.

Today, we went for a 20 mile, relaxed drive. When I got home, I smelled p/s fluid, but since I don't yet know the car I didn't bother looking. I also had to take my baby out of the car.

This evening, I went to the shop. I heard the pump make a noise again and poured proper p/s fluid in. I filled the reservoir. After 3 miles, I stopped at the shop to discover the reservoir was empty and dry! :

Right, so what is the issue? Do I have a leaking pipe (I hope), is the PUMP broken or is it like my mechanig friend suggested, most likely the steering rack that is shot?used:
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well it sounds to me you have at least 1(if not more) leaking hoses a very common thing for BMW's. but since you have been driving with out p/s fluid for so long and the pump is making noise, chances are the pump is going out. Unlikely the rack is shot unless it is ACTUALLY leaking fluid. I would suggest finding the source of your leak and replacing the pump.

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Just got my car back. The guy at the workshop told me that the leak for the p/s fluid is at the back of the car. Apparently leaking from the self-levelling suspension hoses?

Also, I have just driven it a few miles. All was well until I switched on the EDC-S. the other day the p/s fluid was also fine and remained in reservoir until last Saturday when I went for a drive and switched the EDC-S on. Is this coincidince or can teh EDC-S make the p/s fluid drain??
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More than likely it could be a coincidence, although I believe the self-leveling system and the EDC-S are combined. I will look in to this further.

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that would be so much appreciated. I think the problem is beyond the abilities of my mechanic and to take it to BMW is beyond my financial abilities.

My car is just sitting there in the parking lot
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