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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 03-10-2012, 07:49 PM
iggy119 iggy119 is offline
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Question Power Steering Fluid Level

I just purchased a 2004 330xi and the previous owner knew that there was a power steering hose that was leaking. I wanted to check to see if the car is low on power steering fluid however i am not too familiar under the hood of this vehicle yet and i dont have an owners manual. So my question is how and where do i check the power steering fluid? is it the cap marked ATF 4? and where should the level of the fluid be at?
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:25 PM
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The pictures are from KrisL's DIY. Checking the power steering fluid is just like checking engine oil. The level should be between the two marks.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:48 PM
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Thanks! that answers my question completely
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:31 AM
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iggy119,

What are you going to do about the possible leaking hose? Are you going to attempt to replace it yourself, or put it into a shop? I'm curious because I think I might have the same issue. I'm investigating. Wanting to know if I should attempt to tackle it myself.

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Old 03-12-2012, 02:05 PM
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Well I'm not completely sure what I'm going to do yet, I had a shop quote me 150 total for parts and labor but at the same point I can get the hose and do it myself for 30 or so. So I'm debating but it seems like the shop might be the better bet since I'm not too familiar under the hood of my bimmer yet
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:21 PM
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Neither was I when I first got mine. I wasn't familiar with any car to be honest. But ever since I got mine I've been tackling all the maintenance myself as well as my family's other vehicles. It's a lot easier to work on these cars than you might think at first.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:02 AM
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well that gives me a little hope then! I'll probably venture on under the hood here this weekend and see what i can do
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:47 AM
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Turns out that my leaks were caused not from bad hoses, but the clips were bad or you could say loose. Maybe they are called clamps. Anyway, I replaced them and now the leak is gone. These are like $2.00 clips/clamps. Takes more time to look and discover what's really going on, but some much cheaper. Hope that provides a little insight.

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Old 04-24-2012, 11:03 AM
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Turns out that my leaks were caused not from bad hoses, but the clips were bad or you could say loose. Maybe they are called clamps. Anyway, I replaced them and now the leak is gone. These are like $2.00 clips/clamps. Takes more time to look and discover what's really going on, but some much cheaper. Hope that provides a little insight.

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That's the kind of post I like to see.

You can save tons of $$ by doing jobs by yourself. Of course it will take time but if you like your car it shouldn't bother you.
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