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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
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Your Ride: e36
Power steering hose diy???
My mechanic told me that both of my power steering hoses are leaking and need to be replaced.
He was telling me that the hoses cost quite a bit, so I decided to do it myself. Are there any diy's out there? I am sure that it is easy, but I just want to see it done first if possible. I have not had time to look at it as I am always busy with engineering homework and studying. I am always at my place in Pomona, so I will need to wait until I have time to go down to my parents place on a weekend so I have a driveway/garage to do anything.
Has anyone done it? Does it get messy with the power steering fluid?
Your Ride: 92 525, 88 325 hardtop'ed vert and 83 320iS
Theres only 1 that is expensive, thats the one that bolts to your steering rack. It runs from resv- to rack. Now Im not sure if its on e36 or only on ti's but if you get the correct hose you can reuse the metal hose that bolts to your rack and just replace the rubber line and use a crush clamp or screw clamp.
The other line that is more then likely leaking is the one from your resvior to your pump, which is just a straight rubber hose, 2 screw clamps, easy to do.
After replacement, top of the fluid level, start vehicle and turn wheel lock to lock 3 or 4 times. top off fluid again and turn wheel about 8 turns from lock to lock to blead out all the air, just do it till you stop heaing the p/s pump whining.
The rubber hoses are cheap, thats if the one that bolts to your rack is replaceable. If not expect about 100+ for that hose.
1992 525i, 1988 Hardtop'ed Vert and 1983 320iS