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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 03-05-2008, 05:23 PM
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Power steering whine anyone?

Hello!

Every now and then the power steering seems to whine and when you rev the whine goes with it if you know what I mean (gets louder and higher). Usually happens when the cars relatively cold when your parking or something. Any ideas what this might be if it's a fault or is it a common thing>?

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Hi

Have you checked your power steering fluid level? may need flushing
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:48 AM
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mine wines when the wheel is in full lock... so im hoping that its normal... and im guessing the loudness in whining is getting louder due to increased speed?

better awsk someone more knowledgeable in here tho
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:19 AM
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check your fluid level. When mine was whining really bad I just chalked it up to a cold engine until it happened several times. Turned out I had a leak in my hose and couldn't keep fluid in - if I had waited any longer it could've burned out my pump.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:40 AM
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I am having that too. Seems to be common for the clip under the steering fluid reservoir to fail. Aparaently, you could solve the problem by replacing them with the type with the screw n the side. Also, remember to fill up with ATF, not PS fluid.
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:11 AM
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Good call, I'll have a look in a bit and report my findings.
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Does your PS whine when you turn the wheel/get worse when you turn the wheel?
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:03 PM
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Was dark so had to look by mobile phone light but seems the fluid is very low and doesnt even touch the dipstick so I'll get some tomorrow. Thanks for all the replies.
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Check the unit for leaks, the e36 pump is prone to them

Every BMW i have had or been in whines when it is on full lock...is a characteristic
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:25 PM
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On very cold days -10 or more, My power steering is loud. It's happened about 4-5 times this winter and goes away about 10 mins after driving.
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Old 03-09-2008, 05:59 AM
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Topped up all sorted! Thanking you
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