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Old 11-02-2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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Massive power steering fluid leak

I have recently bought a 2001 325Ci as my daily hack but on a recent trip the power steering went very heavy. As I was only a mile from home I pulled up and the fluid was literally gushing out.

I filled it up again this morning as it is going to the garage later and after 8 miles it is empty again. Could this be the pump as it is only 2 months old or is it likely to be something else? I'm not mechanically minded at all so don't want to get bummed by the garage.

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Old 11-02-2011, 09:26 AM   #2
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If you want to be mechanically minded, you need to get bummed. Bumming brings out the mechanic in you that you didn't know was in there.

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Old 11-02-2011, 09:41 AM   #3
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If it's gushing out, my guess is that a hose just got loose. Open the hood and inspect the two hoses going from the PS reservoir. Get under the car, pull the splash shield and look for a loose hose. Then worry about a bad pump.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:15 AM   #4
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+1 on the hoses, when my power steering hoses leaked they gunked up my alternator and shorted it out so I had to replace both the power steering hose and the alternator...
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:49 AM   #5
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If you want to be mechanically minded, you need to get bummed. Bumming brings out the mechanic in you that you didn't know was in there.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:20 PM   #6
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If it's gushing out, my guess is that a hose just got loose. Open the hood and inspect the two hoses going from the PS reservoir. Get under the car, pull the splash shield and look for a loose hose. Then worry about a bad pump.
To check the PS hoses under the reservoir, you can use an inspection mirror, but removing the airbox improves visibility tremendously. Here's a shot from where the airbox sits, looking upwards at the bottom of the PS reservoir. You'll notice on mine, even though these hoses and clamps were newer, they still leaked.

And as Zchild warned, your alternator might now be on its way out due to the leakage. If you begin to notice the red battery warning lamp in your dash, order a replacement alternator immediately.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:31 PM   #7
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Could also be the HP PS hose bolted to the steering rack.
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