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darinbrooks 01-19-2013 07:10 AM

Power steering hoses leaking at reservoir
 
I have a 2000 528i (E39). The power steering hoses are leaking at the reservoir. I replaced the hoses. And the reservoir but the hoses are still leaking. I have gradually been tightening the hose clamps but I am worried that if I tighten them any more that I will break the reservoir. Is there something that I am missing here? Is there suppose to be a seal (washer) or something between the hose and the reservoir?

Fudman 01-19-2013 08:12 AM

The reservoir itself may be compromised. The standard fix for leaking power steering hoses is to cut 1/2" of the end of the hose and then reattach the hose with a new hose clamp. If you replaced the hoses already, I would check the reservoir itself.

Steve530 01-19-2013 08:27 AM

There are no seals, just a standard fit with a clamp.

When I replaced my hoses last year, I used clamps that are used for fuel injection hoses. I'm still using the original reservoir. The hoses are not leaking at the reservoir.

You might try tightening the clamps. If you still have the old reservoir and hoses, you may want to experiment with those to see how much you can tighten the clamps without breaking the reservoir.

bluebee 01-19-2013 09:51 AM

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mike530ia 01-19-2013 09:48 PM

I did exactly what Bluebee's post shows yesterday, and so far so good.

professorman 01-19-2013 11:05 PM

I have a power steering leak which I need to diagnose as well. I just washed my engine last week so that I can find the exact origin of the leak.

Wheat7588 01-22-2013 01:36 PM

Holy **** i need to do this too. I have a pretty bad leak as well. Good write ups Bluebee!

bluebee 01-22-2013 02:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wheat7588 (Post 7330424)
Good write ups Bluebee!

Not me.

Cn90 did all the DIYs and pictures.

I just re-appropriated them. :)

professorman 03-15-2013 02:23 PM

I realized that mine had a screw clamp on it. The clamp was loose, and the hose could be rotated on the nozzle. I tightened it up. Do you think that I still need to cut off a 1" piece of the hose?

Quote:

Originally Posted by bluebee (Post 7324133)


bluebee 03-15-2013 04:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by professorman (Post 7446441)
Do you think that I still need to cut off a 1" piece of the hose?

I'm not sure 'why' we cut off the end pieces.

Presumably they're damaged, crushed, deformed, etc.

So, if yours isn't, then, i would think, it will be just fine.

However, time will tell ...

What YOU should do, to pay us back, in a sense, is to snap a picture of YOUR repair, and post it, so the next person benefits from your efforts.

AH673000 03-15-2013 06:20 PM

Cutting a 1/2 inch off the existing hose end will eliminate the deformed ( by time ) end and give you factory fresh fit again . The shortened hose should fit on very tight vs the loose fit of the old fit up. It will last you another 10 years.

professorman 03-17-2013 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bluebee (Post 7446701)
What YOU should do, to pay us back, in a sense, is to snap a picture of YOUR repair, and post it, so the next person benefits from your efforts.

True. :) I will start snapping pictures on repairs that I do. Thanks for the reminder :thumbup:

doru 03-17-2013 08:44 AM

The 1/2 cut lasted only about 1 or 2 years on my PS hoses, at which point I had to change them with new ones. They started to sweat ATF, so nothing would hold this off. This method bought me 2 years of extended life of the PS hoses though

cn90 03-17-2013 11:23 AM

I last did this 7 years ago (May 2006), still good no leak.
What happens is as time goes on, the rubber hardens and the sealing effect is less than perfect.

professorman, don't remove 1 inch, all you need is removing 1/2 inch. This way you bring in "fresh" section of the hose for clamping.


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