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Old 06-22-2008, 01:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Steering Oil Leakage

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I really need your help and advice. the steering oil is leaking in my 525i 2002. The mechanic told me we need to change the whole steering box and arms as the leakage is coming from the inside and that is very very costly about 2500 USD.

now i am not sure if this is true or not. is this a common problem in this series? What shall do .... helpppppppppppp
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so he says its leaking from your steering rack/(assembly)? or just the lines.

If you can get under your car, take the cover off the bottom of the car and take a look for yourself. It could just be a leaking power steering line/resevoir.

anything is possible, but i would be cautious at spending 2500 on something you have yet to see.
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Thank you numark,

He said the leakage is coming from the inside of the steering Gear and there is no way to open it, thats why he told me to change the whole thing. He changed the hose but still its leaking.

i will check it out some other way.

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It is true that if the steering rack is the actual leaking culprit, you will have to replace the rack. But $2500 is a bit steep. I replaced mine (97 528 - e39) for about $450 for all the parts. That included a rebuilt rack, new tie rod, banjo bolt washers, replacement fluid, and a new o-ring for the reservior. No labor, because I did it myself. Oh, and also another $100 for an alignment after the install. It should only take a qualified mechanic 2-3 hours to complete the removal and installation of the rack, so you should be able to get it all done for $700-$800. (plus the cost of an alignment) It's not an easy job to do yourself, but do a search in the forum, I did a quick write up on how to do it if you are up to the challenge. It seems yours is a bit new to be leaking already, but could be the boots got torn and dirt , water and grime got up in to the seals and wrecked them.
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