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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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power steering hose removal

I need to replace the hose from the bottom of the p/s reservoir running to the cooler in front of the radiator, it is the upper so don't think I need to remove the coolant expansion tank. The proble is the grey plastic piece that pushes in to release the hose is cracked and gone, does anyone have a good technique for removing the hose? Do not want to have to cut if off.

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Old 12-07-2012, 01:10 PM   #2
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There is a special tool for this.

Or you can use two pairs of channel lock pliers.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:20 PM   #3
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a special tool if the grey plastic piece is missing? I tried one last night but it seems it was not long enough to engage the locking tabs inside the fitting.

how do I do it with channel locks?
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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I went through this the other day :-/ I ended having to remove the headlight out to be able to get a screwdriver in there and bend the tabs in on the inside of the hose. Not sure if there is an easier way, but that's what ended up working for me.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #5
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a special tool if the grey plastic piece is missing? I tried one last night but it seems it was not long enough to engage the locking tabs inside the fitting.

how do I do it with channel locks?
Actually, I think you may need to cut the hose off. You could try using the plastic piece of the new hose on the old to get it off.

I vaguely remember a special tool for this, but it may have been something a tech fabricated so he wouldn't have to cut the old hose off.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:54 AM   #6
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an open ended wrench works too. but unfortunately those stupid things can take hours before you get it to click off right
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:58 PM   #7
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This is the type of tool you need. Should be able get one at an auto parts store.
http://www.matcotools.com/catalog/pr...rce=igodigital
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:40 AM   #8
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I actually removed mine today. I just got two pliers and try to get them on the opposite side. Pinch pull back and popped off.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:08 PM   #9
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I went through this the other day :-/ I ended having to remove the headlight out to be able to get a screwdriver in there and bend the tabs in on the inside of the hose. Not sure if there is an easier way, but that's what ended up working for me.
How were you able to do that? Any more details?

I my plastic tab broke right away, it was so brittle. Now I can't get the hose off and in any other thread I've read, people were cutting the hose off with a Dremel.

Thanks
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:51 PM   #10
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You need this tool:


Brand Name: Assenmacher Mfg#: BMW 5346


I think someone in forum has one that will rent it out.
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