View Full Version : power steering leak

09-27-2008, 05:21 PM
I just bought a 1989 325i...and it's got a power steering leak...i'm not much of a mechanic but i'm learning

just wondering if you guys know what the common solution would be...what should i be checking for?

El Gato Liso
09-27-2008, 06:18 PM
where it is leaking
whether or not its the hose or the steering rack itself

09-28-2008, 12:08 PM
i checked the hoses didn't see any leaks...i'm pretty sure it's from the rack itself...

i was looking at the diy on r3v on doing an e36 steering rack swap.
has anybody on here done this? is it worth doing?

El Gato Liso
09-28-2008, 12:13 PM
i think it just shorten your steering lock.
which mean quicker turns.

just replace it with an e30 rack.

09-28-2008, 02:23 PM
You can also convert the rack to manual, but you still have to pull the rack. In the very short term, just pull the belt off the power steering pump so it won't leak all over. I pulled the rack out (not hard, but not easy if you're new to this) and pumped it full of grease and left the lines off. 3 years now, no problems, excellent 'feel' as manual but tough to park.

09-30-2008, 09:33 PM
any thoughts on taking the p/s completely out?

09-30-2008, 11:50 PM
Taking it out is entirely up to you. As everlast said, better steering feel at speed, but considerably more effort at low speeds (parking etc.) You still will probably have to drop the rack, to pump it full of grease and cap off the bolt holes, so the internals stay lubricated. This might be the best bet if you have a shot rack and don't want to fork out the $$ for a new (or previously enjoyed) rack.

Personally, I would probably keep my power steering, as I daily drive my car, and I think I'd get kinda annoyed without it.

10-01-2008, 09:12 AM
Go for a rebuilt rack, I dont recommend a manual rack to someone who's never driven a car with one.

10-01-2008, 11:59 AM
Manual steering really does require a lot of effort, and when other people drive your car they nearly ALWAYS crash it at the first corner.

10-01-2008, 07:43 PM
i want to get a manual rack, but that will be a disaster trying to drift...

10-01-2008, 09:32 PM
manual rack + drift = broken wrists

when the steering wheel snaps back if the rears catch, the wheel snaps so violently that it goes all the way to lock and makes a loud bang, lol. don't do it.