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Old 03-06-2006, 09:43 PM   #1
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I did some donuts (but now I have problems)

so I decided to do donuts at the local parking lot. WOW! it was fun

but on the way back to my house my power steering started to make noise.

How does this happen, I don't think I banked the steering wheel all the way to the right.

what could it be. I looked under to hood and the belt was still there no leaks.
maybe the belt got loose? what do you guys think?

could this be a perfect reason to get uuc underdrive pulleys.
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:07 PM   #2
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has this ever happend to anyone?
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:05 AM   #3
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did you check your fluid?
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:06 AM   #4
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You're low on power steering fluid. fill it up with ATF dextron III. common problem, just double check it says ATF on your PS cap

it *could* be your PS pump, but i doubt it

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Old 03-07-2006, 12:27 AM   #5
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what type of noise does your power steering make? is it a high pitch squeal, or a groaning noise? does it only make noise when you turn your steering wheel, or all the time? does it only make noise at slow speeds, or at all speeds?
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:56 AM   #6
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Gamite/ propr'one > I checked the fluid and it looked fine but it was dark out. the fluid also looked very dirty. I will check tomorrow morning.

justin > it makes more of a groaning noise and only when I turn the wheel. it seems to make the noise at low speeds but I also did not drive too far or fast.

I am curious to know why this happend until I did the donut, how does that affect your power steering?
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:06 AM   #7
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justin > it makes more of a groaning noise and only when I turn the wheel. it seems to make the noise at low speeds but I also did not drive too far or fast.

Sounds like your power steering fluid is low....simple quick fix
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:13 AM   #8
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power steering could be low, or your donuts has pushed some air into your power steering system.

read this thread here: http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67088
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:29 AM   #9
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justin, your the man! I will change the fluid tomorrow.

djcontra. I am in scarghetto also and I have read your posts on the supercharger. Pretty cool, If you need any help with your car I wouldn't mind helping out...
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:33 AM   #10
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also e36 have common problem of power steering hose leakage, check that as well.
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:05 PM   #11
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So this is what I tried today.

1. I added more fluid to the resevoir.
2. I also took off the cap and turned the wheel a few times just in case there was any air pockets.
3. I also tried the option justin said with the turkey baster and adding new fluid and it is still making the same sound.

so I took the car to lakeside and the guy turned on the car, turned the wheels and looked in the resevoir. and told me I needed a new power steering pump.

so I am looking for a pump. at lakeside they said it would cost anywhere between 300-500 (rebuilt).

I called another place and they charge 175 rebuilt if I trade in my old one. The price sounds ok to me.

I am going to take somewhere else to get another opinion. the guy didn't even hoist the car up, looked at the car very briefly.

what do you guys think about the price on the pump?
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:09 PM   #12
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sounds decent to me....compared to the 300-500 range for a rebuilt one.
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:32 PM   #13
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wow this is weird....I actually saw a video arround a year ago on the net where a guy in his E36 M3 does a donut and you hear the same loud noise coming from his car, it was a power steering issue, never looked farther into it but it's weird that both cars had the same problem after a donut....
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:08 PM   #14
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Old 03-07-2006, 10:50 PM   #15
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If you want another opinion, you'll need a friend.
Open your reservoir, you should see the fluid moving while the engine is on. Have a friend turn the steering wheel to the left, when the grinding sound begins you should see the movement of fluid either stop, or slow down. If this happen, then you know it's your pump. Price sounds a little high to me.
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