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Topping off power steering fluid

Ok, this is something that I've never done before. I need to fix the leak, obviously, but it's not in the cards for a little bit. I know where to fill it and I have a funnel. But, how to remove the cap? I don't have a wrench large enough and I need to walk to wherever I get the stuff (aka, the fluid and tool). Someone's willing to drive me so that I don't die in a firey car wreck today. But, I need to have it all on hand, depending on how bad the leak is for now, yanno?
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It just unscrews by hand.

It shouldn't be too tight. I don't recall it having any shape that would lend itself to work with a wrench.

Note that the cap has an integrated dip stick. You'll see two horizontal marks. Try not to go over the top one. After topping it off and replacing the cap, turn on the car and turn the wheel completely rail to rail several times to get the new fluid through the system. Then see if it needs to be topped off again and repeat a couple of times.

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Found this old thread: http://www.bimmerwerkz.com/forum/3-s...ush-56732.html

Te main part is to ensure you get the right fluid.

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Yup, it was a success. I'm sweating bullets (it's freaking HOT outside) and got dirty enough to need a second shower. But, I learned that the only tools I need are the things at the end of my arms called "hands" and the funnel. I'd never had this problem before. So, I just learned the correct fluid and how to turn your wheel from right to left twice before returning it to straight to check the level. I'm a dirty mess and I hate having car issues. But, I'm happy that I learned something new, you know?
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Hey.....BB, here is a diy for the power steering hose replacement......it is a common fail for the e36........so if you bring it somewhere to have it repaired, you will have some upper hand knowledge & you won't get hosed!

http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=269664


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