Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E30 (1982 - 1993)

E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-11-2012, 03:44 PM
nedfunnell nedfunnell is offline
Registered User
Location: Indiana
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 18
Mein Auto: 1985 325e
P/S pump bolt broken, no tension: squealing. Remove belt for temporary sanity?

1985 325e, 170k+ miles

Hello all,
My power steering belt was making some awful noises (banshee squeal) and was awfully loose, so I got under to tighten it. Lo and belold, one of the mounting bolts was sheared off by some previous owner/mechanic, so it cannot be tensioned properly. The head of the bolt is missing and part of it is still lodged in the welded-on square nut.

QUESTION 1: Do I drill it out? Grind the nut off and replace with a nylock? Suggestions?

In the meantime, my car makes an horrrrible squeal at startup and intermittently while driving. Super loud. I am considering just taking the belt off to quiet this down until I can take of the bolt above.


QUESTION 2: If I remove the belt, how hard is it to drive without power steering?

TIA!
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
  #2  
Old 12-11-2012, 04:57 PM
WickedFast.Inc WickedFast.Inc is offline
Go Fast or Go Home
Location: Texas
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 106
Mein Auto: 1989 325I
My power steering pump is out i drive without it its not difficult at all once you get to 5+ mph its not difficult to turn at all and yes drilling it out is probably your best bet for it

Wicked Fast Entertainment
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-11-2012, 06:09 PM
downhiller's Avatar
downhiller downhiller is online now
livin large
Location: des moines
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,241
Mein Auto: 2012 hypermotard 796
how do they have a temp bolt put in?

i think pics are in need
__________________
I know a lot about cars. I can look at a car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-12-2012, 03:43 AM
BMWFatherFigure's Avatar
BMWFatherFigure BMWFatherFigure is offline
Old School
Location: Perth, Western Australia
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 2,423
Mein Auto: E23;E30;E38;E32;E34 +
Photo?
__________________
Good - Fast - Cheap: Pick any two.
Current:
E23 735i; E32 735iL (X 2 - 1 Alpine White and 1 Glacier Blue); E34 535i; E38 735iL; R50 Cooper; R55 Cooper Clubman.
Previous:
E21 318i; E30 318i; E32 735iL; E34 535i; E38 730iL; E53 4.4i
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-12-2012, 11:03 PM
Nick323's Avatar
Nick323 Nick323 is offline
Nick's Toys
Location: Windhoek, Namibia, Africa
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 749
Mein Auto: 323i E30 2-door
Yes photo please ?
If only to see that your problems are funnier than my current nightmares

On another note, I do not know how kindly your power-rack will take driving extensively without the pump ?
Here we have interesting roads & I was advised by a Steering specialist (I only know engines & their management) that one should only drive without a working PS-pump in a pinch.
__________________
Don't take life too seriously; no one gets out alive !
1984 323 currently being resurrected from the ashes
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-16-2012, 09:11 AM
nedfunnell nedfunnell is offline
Registered User
Location: Indiana
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 18
Mein Auto: 1985 325e
Picture forthcoming, sorry to be so delayed!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-16-2012, 10:38 PM
_Ethrty-Andy_'s Avatar
_Ethrty-Andy_ _Ethrty-Andy_ is offline
E34 Converted E30 Fanatic
Location: Humble New Zealand
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 6,140
Send a message via MSN to _Ethrty-Andy_
Mein Auto: E34 Touring AC Schnitzer
both unwise you remove the pump all together and to remove the belt. the rack and/or pump will end up getting dust and crap in it and ruin it even more. the rack is not built to function without power assist, so while it works, its not ideal. to proove this point, the 316i/318i manual rack (non-PS) is a totally different part, not just a case of blocked off ports etc.

my advice is to let it squeal as a reminder to fix it. it will be all to easy to remove and just deal with inferior steering, especially with the christmas/new years expenditure that occurs. do it once and do it right. all too easy to forget about

edit: with that said, im not familiar with your vehicle, but if you have modified it you might like to take the opportunity to swap in a Z3 or E46ti rack in without the Mrs's finding out
__________________

E30 above Sold

E34 V12 Project Thread Here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=502437&page=4
Last updated 2nd January 2014

Last edited by _Ethrty-Andy_; 12-16-2012 at 10:40 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-16-2013, 06:10 PM
nedfunnell nedfunnell is offline
Registered User
Location: Indiana
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 18
Mein Auto: 1985 325e
Update: if anyone else has the broken bolt issue in the future, it does appear that it can be dealt with by grinding the nut off. I cut it off slicer disc, ground it flush, and tapped the broken piece of bolt out. Tomorrow I'll put in a conventional nut and bolt and that should get be back to a normal setup and I'll be able to put this belt tensioning job behind me.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-17-2013, 12:28 AM
Nick323's Avatar
Nick323 Nick323 is offline
Nick's Toys
Location: Windhoek, Namibia, Africa
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 749
Mein Auto: 323i E30 2-door
Can't you tack-weld the conventional nut in place. to make this job easier in future ?
__________________
Don't take life too seriously; no one gets out alive !
1984 323 currently being resurrected from the ashes
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-17-2013, 02:37 PM
downhiller's Avatar
downhiller downhiller is online now
livin large
Location: des moines
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,241
Mein Auto: 2012 hypermotard 796
or an easy out works pretty good
__________________
I know a lot about cars. I can look at a car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-18-2013, 06:39 PM
nedfunnell nedfunnell is offline
Registered User
Location: Indiana
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 18
Mein Auto: 1985 325e
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick323 View Post
Can't you tack-weld the conventional nut in place. to make this job easier in future ?
If I had a welder at home, I would. I'm actually a welding engineer by trade, ironically. Someday I'll have all the welding equipment I'll need.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E30 (1982 - 1993)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms