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Old 02-20-2005, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 02-20-2005, 08:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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it looks to be your POWER STEERING Reservuoir....remember only fill it or reffill it with BMW brand ATF fluid....or other brand fluids will expand your hoses and leak...
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it looks to be your POWER STEERING Reservuoir....remember only fill it or reffill it with BMW brand ATF fluid....or other brand fluids will expand your hoses and leak...
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Expand and Leak..........er.....where did you get this information?

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Originally posted by Boxbrownie+Feb 20 2005, 08:42 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Boxbrownie @ Feb 20 2005, 08:42 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Delmarco@Feb 20 2005, 03:28 PM
it looks to be your POWER STEERING Reservuoir....remember only fill it or reffill it with BMW brand ATF fluid....or other brand fluids will* expand your hoses and leak...
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Expand and Leak..........er.....where did you get this information?

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From this forum....I had problems with my own P.S.tank leaking and everyone who knew about this...basically asked me when and how did I re-fill the P.S. Tank and when I told them some mech at AutoZone poured some black stuff in there...they all told me that is why because the store brand ATF boils faster than the BMW brand ATF and leaks out the top of the ...anyway...i checked it out and it was true, it was indeed boiling over and dribbling over the cap...as if the fluid had expanded. But the potential problems can be whenever fluids boil and expand usually the hoses can stretch and burst at the connections. Anyway I cut straight to the BMW dealership and had them repalce the fluids and voila...no more dribbles, leaks or carmel brown stains on my driveway.

I'll post a link to that thread...when I find it...
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boo yah.....

http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/inde...howtopic=21310

the topic i started last year on PS fluid leaks....
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Hi, sounds to me like the mechanic who put that "black" fluid in put some really crappy spec stuff in your pot. Strictly speaking any "BMW spec" ATF will have the same resilience to boiling as the genuine BMW labelled stuff.
I am definately going to check out these specs though, as I have only just come back into the Beemer fold after a long absence and also have gallons of high spec (not BMW) ATF fluid in the garage. But as far as I was aware ATF is ATF as long as it meets API/ISO standards. Exactly the same situation applies to engine oil.

Are you sure he didnt just overfill the pot slightly? That would have made the leak as soon as the fluid was at temperature.

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it looks to be your POWER STEERING Reservuoir....remember only fill it or reffill it with BMW brand ATF fluid....or other brand fluids will expand your hoses and leak...
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ATF stands for Automatic Transmission Fluid. That is what you are supposed to put in your transmission. I do not have a manual, so i dont know what it was for.

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Hi, sounds to me like the mechanic who put that "black" fluid in put some really crappy spec stuff in your pot. Strictly speaking any "BMW spec" ATF will have the same resilience to boiling as the genuine BMW labelled stuff.
I am definately going to check out these specs though, as I have only just come back into the Beemer fold after a long absence and also have gallons of high spec (not BMW) ATF fluid in the garage. But as far as I was aware ATF is ATF as long as it meets API/ISO standards. Exactly the same situation applies to engine oil.

Are you sure he didnt just overfill the pot slightly? That would have made the leak as soon as the fluid was at temperature.

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Yes sir ATF is ATF regardless; if bought from the dealer or any auto parts store. If and when a power steering reservior reads ATF ONLY on its cap thats what you add. Last time I bought it from the dealer the counter person handed me a black bottle with red lettering on it. It says TEXACO ATF fluid.........$5 for that one where the same bottle sells at $2.39 at Strauss auto parts.
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Yes sir ATF is ATF regardless; if bought from the dealer or any auto parts store. If and when a power steering reservior reads ATF ONLY on its cap thats what you add. Last time I bought it from the dealer the counter person handed me a black bottle with red lettering on it. It says TEXACO ATF fluid.........$5 for that one where the same bottle sells at $2.39 at Strauss auto parts.
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Yeah that is where u fill up power steering fluid. Had problems with mine the last two days so I need to fix it. Use ATF the dexron 3 I think it was called.
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Originally posted by Delmarco@Feb 20 2005, 08:28 AM
it looks to be your POWER STEERING Reservuoir....remember only fill it or reffill it with BMW brand ATF fluid....or other brand fluids will expand your hoses and leak...
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ATF is just ATF. What you mentioned about expanding hoses and leaks only happens when you use POWER STEERING FLUID, which is a different type of lubricant, instead of ATF. Some cars use it in their power steering system but BMWs need ATF. Power steering fluid seems to have a lower boiling temperature which can create leaks in your BMW. Just use some good ATF and you'll safe. Actually, I am using Mobil 1 synthetic ATF and have no problems at all.
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