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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-16-2006, 01:08 AM
tyrrp tyrrp is offline
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Power Stearing leak

My mechanic noticed a "very small" leak in a power stearing line. It's not even enough to drip just dampen the line. He said it is nothing to panic about but should get it fixed at the next service (about 6 months away).

Is this an expensive thing to fix or should I not worry.
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:14 AM
shane.reid shane.reid is offline
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About $200-$250 from a BMW mech (non-dealer)
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Old 02-20-2006, 06:45 PM
Hutchman Hutchman is offline
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Replace the clip underneath the resovouir. Mine leaked on the Alternator and shorted it out. I replaced the clip and it does not leak. Don't wait, the dealer chargers over $700 for the alternator. The leak is not important, where it is dripping is very important!
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:08 PM
motor_werke motor_werke is offline
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I have a similar issue on my e36. I think the clamps loosen over time. I am going to try replacing the clamp and hope that is the problem, not a leaky hose. However, mine seems to be coming from under the reservoir where one of the fittins connects and is held by a clamp. I'll know soon enough. Might want to try the same, replace the clamp.
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