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Old 10-16-2009, 08:38 AM   #1
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Power Steering Reservoir

I have one leaky hose on the power steering reservoir. (This is the hose leading to the cooler.) It appears to be glued on tight, as it won't even twist around on the nipple it's attached to.

Since the other hose looks good, I'm wondering if it's worth the effort to replace the reservoir. I think I read that it should be replaced because it has a built in filter that can't be replaced any other way. I'm concerned that I'll damage the other hose and have to replace it too. Since it's in a pretty tight spot behind the pump, I'm not sure it's worth the trouble.

Can someone advise me on this one? Maybe I have missed something and it just looks more complicated that it really is.

2004 330Ci with 90,000 miles
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:49 AM   #2
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Was the original crimp clamp on the hose that's leaking? If so, you might try simply changing to a quality screw type clamp. The kind that does not destroy the hose as it is tightened.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:31 AM   #3
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At that mileage, you might as well replace the reservoir. If both hoses are still in good shape, try the repair suggested by hummer for both reservoir hoses and replace the crimp on clamp on the hose that's connected to the power steering fluid pump.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:02 PM   #4
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The crack isn't due to the clamp. I'll replace the cracked hose and the reservoir. Now I'm just trying to figure out how to remove the good hose from the reservoir without damaging it.

I'll replace the clamps as I go with Swedish clamps.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:00 AM   #5
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Lobo: Has your PS reservoir leak been resolved? If so, what resolved the problem?
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