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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:39 PM
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Power Steering Leak

When it rains it pours, it hasn't been a good month for our beloved e30, but we must charge forward.

With that said, I believe the high pressure hose that runs to the power steering pump is leaking. A lot. Maybe about a cup a day. I plan on changing all the power steering hoses on Monday along with the steering rack because that's leaking as well.

So my question is; is it okay to continue driving it with it leaking? Or if I decide to put no fluid and deal with no power steering, will it make the pump burn out?

We planned a trip this weekend, about 200 miles round trip and we planned on taking the e30.

Thanks in advanced!
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:48 PM
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pull the belt off the pump. ta da, just a leak from the rack.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:12 PM
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The PS belt is strictly for that? It doesn't connect to anything else?
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:26 PM
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The PS belt is strictly for that? It doesn't connect to anything else?
yep, on all M20 M40 M42. but you may have to take other belts off to take it off etc
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:25 AM
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Ah, ok. Thanks Andy!
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:15 PM
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it does run from crank, water pump, then power steering on the m20s, but the alternator belt does the same. so you still have 1 belt that runs the water pump until you can get it fix
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They also sell a liquid seal you add to your power steering fluid resviour which over time will seal it and prevent future leaks
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They also sell a liquid seal you add to your power steering fluid resviour which over time will seal it and prevent future leaks
It's not good for the system. You would have to flush the system a few times after you fix it. It can cause unwanted pressure, because of its viscosity and any chunks that melt to seal, which can blow the seals out of the rack or pump.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:40 AM
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They also sell a liquid seal you add to your power steering fluid resviour which over time will seal it and prevent future leaks
I had bought some, but it leaked all out. New hoses are going in today! We drove it with the fluid leak, we just put an oil pan every time we parked so it wouldn't spill excessively.
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I bought a container of that stop power steering leak stuff, and it worked for me! It was like $6 and totally worth the trip to advance auto parts.
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