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Old 12-04-2004, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the cost to replace 2 of the power steering hoses and the reservior? Is that a write up on how to do this?
What is the difficulty level?
My powersteering fluid is greyish in color (like in the picture)?
Should I be concern?
What would happen if there is no more power steering fluid? Would I still be able to turn the steering wheel?




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Old 12-04-2004, 05:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What is the cost to replace 2 of the power steering hoses and the reservior?
its not too expensive go to www.bavauto.com.


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What would happen if there is no more power steering fluid? Would I still be able to turn the steering wheel?
yes, but it will make loud groaning noises and likely be harder to turn.

When you replace your fluid make sure you get ATF fluid and not just the regular stuff. Generic powersteering fluid will boil. The fluid should be grayish brown.

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my gf has a 98 318i, the power steering just started leaking a few weeks ago and I thought it was her oil, but not. I can't seem to locate the power steering reservoir. Does anyone know? How much is not expensive to get the pump and hose replaced by someone else? keep in mind that I'm broke. ghead

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It should be towards the front of the car on the right side it will have an orange cap and say ATF on top.

You probably don't need a new system. Its common on these cars for the steering system to leak, most of the time it is because of the hose connected to the bottom of the resivoir there is a metal clip that gets loose and causes leakage. If you keep the resivoir filled with ATF fluid that will be fine untill you can fix the loose clip.

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It should be towards the front of the car on the right side it will have an orange cap and say ATF on top.

You probably don't need a new system. Its common on these cars for the steering system to leak, most of the time it is because of the hose connected to the bottom of the resivoir there is a metal clip that gets loose and causes leakage. If you keep the resivoir filled with ATF fluid that will be fine untill you can fix the loose clip.

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cool, I appreciate the help. I'll look into it and get back to you on that. btw, the hose and clip is underneath the car right? I might've seen it yesterday.
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Originally posted by noobynuub+Dec 6 2004, 02:18 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(noobynuub @ Dec 6 2004, 02:18 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-kearnyme@Dec 6 2004, 02:15 PM
It should be towards the front of the car on the right side it will have an orange cap and say ATF on top.

You probably don't need a new system. Its common on these cars for the steering system to leak, most of the time it is because of the hose connected to the bottom of the resivoir there is a metal clip that gets loose and causes leakage. If you keep the resivoir filled with ATF fluid that will be fine untill you can fix the loose clip.

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cool, I appreciate the help. I'll look into it and get back to you on that. btw, the hose and clip is underneath the car right? I might've seen it yesterday.
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Thanks, that's all it was. I replace the clip with a better clip and it stopped leaking.
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