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  1. Steering problem...trying to pass inspection!

    General E46 Forum
    My 2001 e46 needs to pass a state safety and emissions inspection before I can get new tags. But the power steering pump (I assume) went out a month ago. It has the normal failure symptoms: fine one minute, then without warning, super hard to turn at low speeds. Like every BMW I've ever owned...
  2. Power Steering Return Hose Generic Replacement?

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    The first one would not come off. Tried the tool, other tools, etc., and finally had to cut it off with a Dremel. I refuse to deal with this POS again in the future. Picked up some generic hose, but it doesn't want to bend nicely to clear the alternator and not twist the reservoir. Any advice?
  3. Drain/Flush Power steering reservoir?

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    So I am a 19 year old female who doesn't know what she's doing & I wanted to take matters into my own hands when my car told me that my oil level was at its minimum. I had the right oil. I lifted my hood & looked around a little bit, saw "oil only" ignoring the CHF11S because like I said, I...
  4. Whine from engine bay while driving

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    Hi all, For the past few weeks I have noticed a whine coming from the front end of my 318Ci it starts at around 30mph and gets louder as the speed increases. The strange thing is if I turn the wheel left slightly while driving the noise eases off.. I would really appreciate some advice thank you
  5. RealOEM versus my car - power steering reservoir labeling

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    So my current PW reservoir says "ATF". However, I am refreshing the steering lines and the replacement reservoir says "CHF11". I was tempted to return it, but I had ordered it specifically off the RealOEM part list, and when you look at the list, it says "CHF11, S" in the specification...
  6. Which ps pump ?

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    Ok so I bought a 02 325ci last summer with a defective/used pressure hose. The car would drive just fine but at low speeds the steering wheel is very hard to turn (which makes parking very difficult). Now the pump failed (I was expecting it) and I decided it was time to change the pressure hose...
  7. P/S reservoir replace question

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    Hey guys, I'm about to order some P/S res hoses and clamps since mine is leaking. Question though, how worth it is it to replace the reservoir as well? Mine is mucky inside, but the outside appears fine and I recently replaced the O-ring which cured my top-reservoir leaks. I've read people...
  8. Topping off power steering fine? And whine noise

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    I've searched online for an answer but nothing yet. So anyways I have a 2003 e46 that I bought 2 years ago and haven't done anything with the power steering since. I popped the hood and decided to check it and it wasn't even up to the dipstick... I haven't had steering issues but I've heard on...
  9. Power steering pump or something else?

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    Situation - On Friday the steering on the 2003 325i worked great. On Saturday it didn't. I've searched here and elsewhere online... The symptoms indicate to me a power steering pump failure. Alternator, water pump, a/c all work fine. Power steering fluid reservoir is full. Friday afternoon I...
  10. 330CI, misfiring, very rough idle, stall

    General E46 Forum
    Hello everyone, I apologize in advanced for the essay I'm about to write. I'm trying to be as thorough with my information as possible. I just bought a 2001 330CI Convertible in good condition for a really really low price, since it was not really drivable. Was looking for a project to work...
  11. DIY:E46 High Pressure Power Steering Hose

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  12. Shop Is Closed and I Need Advice

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    A little bit of a story: I was driving home from chipotle and noticed that my battery light had come on. I thought this might be from my alternator, as I had been hearing a weird sound coming from the engine that would point to that. Then, I looked and my temp gauge was all the way in the red...
  13. Any E46 FS LUK-LF20 Power Steering Pump w/ resevoir NEW IN BOX

    Suspension and Braking
    My 330Ci has a headgasket illness and will not be staying with me :cry: So for sale I have the Luk LF-20 power steering pump! NOTE: if you buy it and it's not the right one for the car you either buy the new lines from somewhere else to make it work, or you sell it, sale is final! There were...
  14. Power Steering pump beggining to fail? Help

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    So I have run into a problem and from what I researched it leads me to believe my power steering pump may have failed on me. I have searched the forums but haven't seen or read anything quite like this. The steering is not stiff & the noise occurs whether I'm driving or at a stop. This is a link...
  15. e46 power steering fluid won't go

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    Hey all, I hesitated to post, but I've searched a lot and found very few folks who have experienced this problem. First post/recent member and pretty new e46 owner here. I got my 2005 330i e46 sedan with 110k miles back in December, and after helping my brother work on his car (same exact...
  16. "Groaning" Popping sound when turning right

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    So discovered another issue with my 2005 330i recently. I have been working on my rich codes and possible MAF issues, and then this cropped up. When turning right, I can hear a strange 'groaning' sound from what seems to be the front right wheel area. The sound is hard to describe, almost like a...
  17. '04 330xi, Leaking of Reddish Fluid (Transmission, Power Steering..?)

    E46 Xi Forum
    Just cross-posting this from reddit, help is again really appreciated guys! :thumbsup: Link for pictures regarding the issue: [1] As the title says, I've been experiencing some form of constant leak that I only discovered had been going on today courtesy of my dad. I...
  18. Power Steering Minor Groan

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    Hate to be blowing this forum up with all these 'issues'. Anyways, I've never noticed it until today, because I always play music in my car but while warming up my car on a lunch break I noticed when i barey put resistance on the wheel and slightly turn it a very quiet but apparent groan is...
  19. Power Steering Pressure Hose/ Fluid Flush help!

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    So i've got an infamous leaking power steering pressure hose on my 2000 E46. Got the genuine hose, new washer, and a new reservoir to install this weekend when it warms up a bit. My question for you guys: What order do I need to install these parts and what is going to be my most effective...
  20. Loss of heat from vents when I turn the steering wheel.

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    When I turn my steering wheel, I lose heat from the vents. Is that normal? I've never had that in a car before. I do have a bit of a leak from my PS pump, and a new HCV. Other than that, and the fact that a belt is attached to the A/c, I'm not sure what the correlation would be between the two.:hmm: