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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 03-19-2016, 03:09 AM
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Steering fluid leak?

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I've been having to add more transmission fluid like every other month. I know the reservoir doesn't hold much but im pretty sure i shouldn't be adding this frequently. Just started probably mid December 2015. I haven't looked under yet but is this common? Might be time for a new pump?

When i checked for a leak in the hoses for the radiator i used this compression tool to listen for leaks...probably not using proper terminology lol. .but i can i do the same for the steering fluid?
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:32 AM
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Power steering leaks are very common, and are usually the result of seeping low pressure return lines. Inspect and replace as needed.
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Old 03-19-2016, 04:16 PM
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Power steering leaks are very common, and are usually the result of seeping low pressure return lines. Inspect and replace as needed.
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Old 03-19-2016, 04:40 PM
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The hose clamps the factory uses are not the best. a Leak from the low pressure hose directly under the reservoir are quiet common. I always remove them and use your standard radiator hose clamp.
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:25 PM
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The hose clamps the factory uses are not the best. a Leak from the low pressure hose directly under the reservoir are quiet common. I always remove them and use your standard radiator hose clamp.
I totally agree...with the time the return hose becomes harder and the clamp becomes looser then it starts leaking...
I took the reservoir off last summer washed the hose from the old leaks and replaced the clamps...8 months later or so, no leaks.
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Old 03-23-2016, 06:10 PM
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I'm finding out that most small things like clamps need to be replaced bc factory clamps etc arent top notch quality. I got my ride on the lift last night and sure enough both the clamps and hose needed some tlc.

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Old 03-24-2016, 08:52 PM
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I had same problem so I was driving around with a pressure hose leaking then I guess it got worse started heating up **** when I drove low liquid and fuked up the power steering cooling line I fixed that and I guess cause I drove with like that it fuked up a lot so I bought the parts on eBay all the main pieces to make sure the car runs nicely. Power steering pressure hose power steering cooling line power steering pump went eventually cause of all The noise shaft broke on it had it replaced runs like new. The resvoir was 20$ the return pipe 20$ everything new
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:54 PM
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Look up the power steering diagram look at all the main parts wrote them down Oderd one by one cheap on eBay built my whole **** under 300$ but I mean everylil thing
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:55 PM
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When u get everything new u clamp it urself u will have a great feeling i kill off my car make sure nothing leaks and nothing breaks at any time testing it all the time
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