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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 11-23-2013, 02:13 AM
jjp735i jjp735i is offline
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Power steering/AFT fluid change

Well I did one of the most recommended changes a few days ago, I used the turkey baster method, 3 changes while running car about 5 minutes each time in between while turning wheel end to end.

What a difference it made, feels so much smoother and even think it's easier to steer. Fluid was solid black when I started and now it's a nice clear red. Going to do anther change this morning since I drove it a few days since.

Just posted so that anyone that hasn't done this I would highly suggest it if your car has over 100,000 miles and you don't know if it's been changed. Mine has 122,000 miles.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:30 AM
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Sounds good. Will give it a change.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:12 AM
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I did the same a few months ago and changed the Oring in the cap as it was leaking, easy preventitive maintenance.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:17 AM
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What a difference it made, feels so much smoother and even think it's easier to steer. Fluid was solid black when I started and now it's a nice clear red. Going to do anther change this morning since I drove it a few days since.
Now that the fluid is a healthy red, consider draining and refilling the reservoir at each oil change. That's the maintenance schedule I've followed ever since I installed a new power steering pump, reservoir, and hoses. Draining the reservoir with a siphon pump adds just a few minutes of work, and freshening the fluid seems to be keeping my power steering system happy.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:41 PM
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Now that the fluid is a healthy red, consider draining and refilling the reservoir at each oil change. That's the maintenance schedule I've followed ever since I installed a new power steering pump, reservoir, and hoses. Draining the reservoir with a siphon pump adds just a few minutes of work, and freshening the fluid seems to be keeping my power steering system happy.
That's the procedure I've done ever since my car was brand new and now at almost 100K the fluid looks new along with every other PS component. All original.
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