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| Originally posted by zlac109@Nov 7 2004, 06:38 PM |
Well, if it's not viscous it can't be engine oil. You said it's caramel brown right? In that case i think it's the breaking fluid. But that would have no influence on the performance of our car. Hope for you it's that as usually you just have to replace a tightening bracket.
About the price, if it is what i said than, the worst case possible could be about 300$.
Otherwise, if it's the gearbox you are looking at anything between 20$ of labour for tightening a bolt to 2000$ for a new gearbox, but i really dout this is the case.
Just keep an eye on the break fluid level.
| Originally posted by kearnyme@Nov 7 2004, 06:56 PM |
The best thing to do would be to have your car's under carriage washed thoroughly and then just watch for another leak. Then you will be able to tell
where it is coming from. If you don't want to have it done professionally just go to a car wash and do it yourself. I did this myself when my oil-pan gasket was leaky.
SOUNDS LIKE POWERSTEERING...
| Originally posted by zlac109@Nov 8 2004, 06:49 PM |
That definitely seems to be power steering. There is no way the gearbox oil would get to there and the the break fluid neither.
just check the levels from time to time.
Break fluid is a transparent, container with a flat top and it's somewhere in the left upper corner when you open the hood.
Power-steering is a black round container with a red stripe around it on the right side of the engine, below the air flow pipes.
| Originally posted by 97alpineM3@Nov 8 2004, 07:49 PM |
Next most common power steering leak fault... is the use of "power steering fluid"...* yea.. its a power steering system... but it does not take power steering fluid... wait.. let me correct my self..* most e36s dont take power steering fluid... I've seen two. The correct fluid is ATF fluid.* It will most likely have it on the side of the fluid cantainers cap.
If I am correct...* from how I understand this system works.. it generates a lot of heat...* power steering fluid boils at a lower temerature than ATF fluid...* thus the reason for them using ATF fluid in the power steering system. Most manuals say use ATF Dextron 111.* All in all thus the reason it will leak.. cause your boiling power steering fluid...
Just thought you might want to know before you got and add some power steering fluid.. and then it will boil
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