My car was sitting for about a week and after starting it up I noticed a sound, and as I backed my car out of the garage I noticed the huge puddle of fluid on the ground. Worse, as soon as I tried turning I found that there was very little or no power assist. The PS fluid had obviously leaked out and now I was running with a dry pump and no power steering. I brought the car right back into the garage and parked it.
Now I've located where I think the fluid is leaking from, and it seems that it is the point at which the cooler lines connect to the rack, right above the point at which the pinion housing connects to the rack housing. More specifically, it seems that the "banjo" bolt has rusted out.
I just have a couple of questions about this...where can I get that banjo bolt? I don't see it listed on RealOEM, and it doesn't seem to come with a rack or with the cooler lines. Also, I know that the rack is on its way out, since it had some play in it last time I checked when I was doing the tie rods. Now might be a good time to replace it, and I was thinking of going with rackdoctor.net. Has anyone gotten items shipped from them to Canada? If so, how much was shipping and duties?
Oh and also, how can I safely drive the car without burning out the PS pump? I don't want to run it dry but at this point I have no choice. I will have to drive it at least for a couple of kilometers to my buddies garage to work on it. Have I already done the damage since I heard that noise? If I'm gonna have to replace the pump as well might as well order that now.
Man, this is turning out to be a bigger job than I anticipated...If you have any tips please feel free to contribute.
Enjoy the warm weather fellow e36-ers