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Old 08-09-2006, 02:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just replaced my steering rack and when i finished i went to refil the system with ATF dextron III fluid. i thought the pump would suck out the fluid from the reservour and the fluid would go through the system and push out the air. but i only filled about 1/2L of fluid and the reservour filled up, started the car, turned the steering wheel a few times but the fluid level hasn't really gone down at all. i went for a drive and the steering is not as easy as it was before so i know there must be more air in the system. what do you recommend i do?

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usually if you go lock-to-lock a few times, hold it on each lock a few seconds the air will work its way out of the lines... did you get an alignment after replacing the rack? misalinment can cause it to steer harder
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alignment is scheduled for tomorrow morning, it seems ok now, still a bit of air left in there i think. but the 'kink' in the steering is gone yay and it didnt cost $1000usd as bmw wanted for it.
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