3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
I have a 2005 330i with 85,000 miles. The power steering stopped working. Drove it, parked it, got back in and no power steering. The belt is still intact, fluid levels good. What else could it be? I've been hearing a "cricket" noise, but I suspect it is a separate issue. No prior noises indicating a pump failure. Could the pump just give up like this? Could it have something to do with the "power steering assist"?
Does the power steering come to life once you have a little bit of speed up? I read about an electronically controlled valve on another model that takes its input from one of the General control modules, at low speeds the GM is supposed to open the valve to increase the pressure supplied to the system, and then closes the valve once your above a certain speed. Maybe its something like that, maybe not.??
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