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Old 10-06-2005, 04:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy E36 325i problem with power steering after doing doughnuts!?!?

Hi all,

I was doing dougnuts on my 325i yesterday, when sudenly engine stall and when I started it again, the power steering were making noises and will not work any more.
Can anyone help me, power steering pump is quite expencive, so I'm hoping that it might be something easy to fix.
Any thoughts?

Many thanks,
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Old 10-06-2005, 07:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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have any leaks? if not than you might have burnt out the PS, which in that case you might be shit outta luck. i hope ya learned your lesson on doing donuts hehehe

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If its a whinning noise, try flushing you power steering fluid. Im not really sure what kind of stress doing donuts would do to the pump. Also,check the belts and see if the pump pulley is locked. Good Luck B)
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might have ruined the ps pump...
good luck...
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were the tires smoking? make sure it was worth doing it. Yeah try flushing the power steering fluid, and/or some of that stuff that stop noises and leaks.
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classic case of the power steering fluid burn out...

step 1. fluid was low
step 2. you decided to do donuts
step 3. PSF overload/ too much pressure/ very abnormally high temperature in the system.
step 4. Charred remains of PSF left in tank with little to no fluid swishing around.

remedy: PSF flush and refill...($40 at oil change guy)

then go back out there and have fun...
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Thanks !!!

PS is dead, bought a used one for $100, works fine.
New PS pump is something like $400, too much!!!
Again thanks for your suggestions.

P.S. M50 smokes tyres oh so goooood!!!
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congrats, now stop before u destroy ur car!
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How about not doing doughnuts? What a DF!
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having a rwd u sometimes cnt help urself, especially if its wet hehe but yeah not too often, on an older car there is a chance that something will always brake!
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well next time don't bounce the engine off the rev limiter... the rev limiter is there as an EXTRA safeguard against human error.
Accelerating TO the limiter is fine, holding it there hurts your baby as you have seen.
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