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Old 01-26-2006, 09:38 AM   #1
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Unhappy Omg My Car!!!!

So yeah had my 318T parked for like the last 3weeks.

The night i went to park it:
the Power Steering pump got really loud. 1st time that ever happened.
I figure i need some ATF fluid/

so take the car out last night No power steering assist at all No noise either though
get some Steering Fluid/atf, fill it up. Steering pump makes some noise for a second then got quiet.
Still no power steering.

Next my brakes!! Surface rusted of course.
The fronts are newer then the rears by a month or two (back in the summer).
the fronts cleaned up good from driving the rears not so good.

Even worse is the horrific Thump, thump, thump noise with a mild vibration ( in the rear)
that I hear/feel when i step on the Brakes! WTF!!?
feels like warped rotors, but the Thumping noise? wtf!?

only does that when braking at hi-way speeds 80kph+
don't really notice it in traffic though.

any ideas on the "thumping"?

Cliff notes:
power steering exploded killing many
Not even year old rear brakes are making funky noises after sitting for 3 wks.
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Old 01-26-2006, 05:07 PM   #2
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Chances are, the sliders on one or both of your rear calipers have seized up. Your best and easiest bet is to service both your front and rear brakes - namely unbolt your calipers, clean and lube the sliders with some good dielectric grease (or caliper slide grease).

Your sliders normally allow the caliper to 'float' which compensates for any lateral or side to side runout on your rotors. When they start sticking in their bores (usually when it gets cold outside) the caliper can't move freely and the natual runout of rotor ends up making it feel like your rotors are warped.
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Old 01-27-2006, 07:23 AM   #3
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That sounds like miss alignment...at around 30kph you will not notice the thumping but its still there...then at 140 it will be even louder... go balance your wheels and i think that might make a differance..
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:57 AM   #4
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Hasselhoff, good suggestion


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That sounds like miss alignment...at around 30kph you will not notice the thumping but its still there...then at 140 it will be even louder... go balance your wheels and i think that might make a differance..
Alignment, hmm. car tracks ok going striaght.
Don't really get any steering wheel vibrations either, but the wheels Could infact be unbalanced.
Doubt it though.

BTW The thumping only happens when i apply the brakes
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Old 01-27-2006, 12:33 PM   #5
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Like I said - I'll bet that your one or more of your calipers's sliders have seized. Even if you can't service your brakes yourself, it's pretty inexpensive for a garage to do it.

It's something that should be done at least once or twice a year in combination with a brake inspection. You'd be amazed how much longer your brakes last when they're properly serviced!
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Old 01-27-2006, 01:06 PM   #6
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Even if you can't service your brakes yourself, it's pretty inexpensive for a garage to do it.
had calipers off on my Dub before, but winter & no heated garage
makes the most minor things a trip to the garage

>> So the No power steering <<
Any1 one ever lose theirs before..?

started making sound the night i parked it, sat for 3weeks
now it's dead ........but making no noises?

will no power stress my old hi-milage rack??
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Old 01-27-2006, 02:30 PM   #7
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Mine does this too in the morning but goes away unless it's -30.
Their is a filter that is "unchangable" in the P.S. pump housing.
Take it off flush it clean with air/more ATF fluid to clean/backwash filter, might as well flush what's left in the rack while the hoses are off. Should be good to go after (since pump stopped making noise).
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Check your power steering belt. The brakes sound like a stuck caliper.
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Old 01-27-2006, 06:15 PM   #9
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Serpentine on a e36 (not a seperate V belt like the e30's), if he lost his belt he would have no charging or cooling.
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