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Old 03-29-2006, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Power Steering system flush... suggestions?

Hey all, I was doing some fluid inspections the other day and noticed that the Power Steering fluid looks like it is contaminated with water. I just got a new head gasket, thermostat, etc... so I may as well go all the way! Any suggestions on best methods/techniques to flush/fill the power steering system?

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Disconnect the two tubes from the rack, and let her go!! I'm not sure if that will drain the reservoir as well, though. If not, you can just turn the car on, and that should shoot the fluid out pretty good. sounds like fun... Hmmm....
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okay, one more quick question... and it isn't as stupid as it sounds!

Would I use Power Steering Fluid or Brake Fluid?

I had a car (wish I could remember which one it is) that took Brake Fluid for power steering, so I don't wanna phuq this up!

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Dissconnect the return hose to the resivour and run it into a bucket (you may need to attach a longer hose but dont worry its not really high pressure or anything)
An assistant makes the job a lot easier - you have some fluid ready and start the car, then procede to turn the wheel lock-to-lock several times, while the assistant dumps fluid into the resivour - keeping it full.
When the fluid coming from your return hose looks clean, shut the engine off and stop turning the wheel.
Re attach the return line and start the car again, and turn the wheel lock to lock again while adding fluid to top off - the system is self-bleeding. Easy as pie! Steering should have a crisper feel now.

As far as your fluid, I don't know. I know E36s use ATF in there but many cars use brake fluid. Check the manual or im sure someone in the forum drivin an e30 knows. Just don't get any fluid on the paint - it will turn a real dull grey color. Ask me how I know.
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Dexron or Dexron II ATF. From the Bentley Manual.

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Thanks Beaker... as always!

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Power steering fluid.

that is all.
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

90% of all BMW's take regular ATF for the power steering. I would recomend NOT using power steering fluid with your car.
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NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

90% of all BMW's take regular ATF for the power steering. I would recomend NOT using power steering fluid with your car.
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This is absolutely correct, for my e30 ATF is recommended.
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^^ oh. Don't I feel like the fuckin' asshole...
Guess it would help if I actually read the Bentley Manual instead of just assuming that power steering fluid goes in the power steering reservoir.
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The coil sounds tempting, but I could use that bulb. I'll have to get back to you on that.
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It is done, but it looks like I didn't crank it back and forth enough to fully flush it out. Once I started it up (valve adjustment done so no typewriter under hood!!!) I checked the fluid, and it had clouded back up. I will flush it again next weekend and this time, I will do it RIGHT!

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HOLY CRAP....is that what that "ATF ONLY" label is on top of the res??>!?!?>!?>!! DUH... I just changed my rack, and of course put power steering fluid in it....looks like I've got some more flushing to do... Not to worry flipper foot, I had some air in mine directly after filling and purging....it cleared up after it sat for awhile and all is well (except for the use of power steering fluid I gues.......I get to do it again soon..... ATF...hmmmmm....wierd.
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It is done, but it looks like I didn't crank it back and forth enough to fully flush it out. Once I started it up (valve adjustment done so no typewriter under hood!!!) I checked the fluid, and it had clouded back up. I will flush it again next weekend and this time, I will do it RIGHT!

Thanks again for everyone's input!

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Ah yes, the engine needs to be running to pump the old gunk out while you turn the wheel. Assistant is the key. Good luck!
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