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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:02 PM
Gokomachi15 Gokomachi15 is offline
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Whine, whine, whine

Lately, my beloved 2000 528i wagon has started to whine when I turn the steering wheel. Seems, too , that the wheel has become stiffer to turn. Help. No opinion or suggestion is ridiculous
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:12 AM
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Seems like something with the power steering system. Have you checked the fluid level lately? It takes standard, off-the-shelf Dexron ATF that you can buy at any auto parts store, and probably even most grocery stores.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:18 AM
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I have a leak somewhere on mine, I can always tell when it needs more fluid because it will "whine" as you said. I just keep filling up the power fluid every few days and it stops whining. Im gonna have to pay somebody to find the leak and replace whatever is leaking eventually.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:44 AM
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9 times out of ten, the leak is at the hose connection to the reservoir.

Look directly below the power steering reservoir. A small hose attaches directly to the bottom of the reservoir. You may need to remove the bottom pan or the air filter to improve access. The fix is SIMPLE. Get a small hose clamp, remove the hose from the bottom of the reservoir, cut 1/2" off the end of the hose, reattach it to the reservoir, and secure with the clamp. Or pull out your credit card and pay a mechanic $100 to do it for you.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:01 AM
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9 times out of ten, the leak is at the hose connection to the reservoir.

Look directly below the power steering reservoir. A small hose attaches directly to the bottom of the reservoir. You may need to remove the bottom pan or the air filter to improve access. The fix is SIMPLE. Get a small hose clamp, remove the hose from the bottom of the reservoir, cut 1/2" off the end of the hose, reattach it to the reservoir, and secure with the clamp. Or pull out your credit card and pay a mechanic $100 to do it for you.
Sounds good to me, thanks!

One thing I do like about these cars is how easy they are to work on. I can change my own oil, change my own light bulbs, changed all the filters by myself. Its funny because its so easy to work on yet places like Wal-mart refuse to even change the oil.
I have an oil service reset tool but its not working for some reason. And my dad lets me work on it at his garage, when he didn't see a battery under the hood he was scratching his head for an hour.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:25 AM
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[QUOTE=Y2K528i;7178321]Sounds good to me, thanks!

One thing I do like about these cars is how easy they are to work on. I can change my own oil, change my own light bulbs, changed all the filters by myself. Its funny because its so easy to work on yet places like Wal-mart refuse to even change the oil.
I have an oil service reset tool but its not working for some reason. And my dad lets me work on it at his garage, when he didn't see a battery under the hood he was scratching his head for an hour.[/QUOTE

You are in great shape if all you have to worry about is a power steering leak.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:11 AM
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Sounds good to me, thanks!

One thing I do like about these cars is how easy they are to work on. I can change my own oil, change my own light bulbs, changed all the filters by myself. Its funny because its so easy to work on yet places like Wal-mart refuse to even change the oil.
I have an oil service reset tool but its not working for some reason. And my dad lets me work on it at his garage, when he didn't see a battery under the hood he was scratching his head for an hour.
Those are relatively easy maintenance items. Wait until you have to do a cooling system overhaul, vanos seals or oil filter housing gasket.
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