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E36 M3 (1995-1999)

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Old 05-13-2012, 06:22 PM
m9hundo m9hundo is offline
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Power steering issues

So I sent out my three power steering lines to be refurbished at a local shop and when I got them back they made them to their liking. The high pressure line was missing the crimp in the middle which holds a in-line restrictor in place. The shop said they welded their own restrictors at both ends but who knows.

The other line that bolts to the engine that is partially metal then is crimped to a rubber line that goes to the reservoir also has an in-line restrictor. That too was left off.

So once everything was installed and I flushed the system with premium BMW ATF the steering was heavier and there's a terrible loud noise that comes on once in a while on slow hard turns.

Do you think this is a restrictor issue? I had no noise prior to installing these new lines.

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Gil
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:43 PM
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Let's see you had no issues before you had the hoses done and now you do?
It is pretty obvious that that is the problem.
Remember one thing, BMW hoses last a long time, BMW crimp clamps don't. Good quality worn clamps can be placed over the German crimp clamps if they leak and you will not need to remove anything...
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:57 PM
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well prior to replacing the lines the steering did seem a bit heavy and the fluid looked pretty tarnished. I just bought a replacement high pressure line from pelican parts and a new reservoir. I'll post up once everything is installed to let everyone know how it feels.

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Gil
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:16 AM
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I am wondering when you had the hoses refurbed whether the diameters changed at all. A slightly different diameter or the absence of that restriction could change the amount of assist you feel from the power steering.

They put that power steering reservoir in such a PITA location. Mine is slightly leaking and I am wondering if there is a better location for the reservoir.
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