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Old 01-11-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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Power steering question

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I have a 2000 323 wagon. Recently got a new PS pump. Now when it's cold in the morning, the PS is dead for a few minutes until the car warms up. I mean totally dead, and then it comes on and works perfectly fine. Have had the fluid flushed and it persists. Anyone else have this problem? Suggestions?

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Old 01-13-2013, 04:10 AM   #2
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No, but my PS died without notice today.

Checked PS pump for broken impeller shaft and it's not broken. No leaks, fluid clean and reservoir full. I'm thinking total rack hydraulics failure but have never heard of such a problem in 46 years of driving.
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Hi,

I have a 2000 323 wagon. Recently got a new PS pump. Now when it's cold in the morning, the PS is dead for a few minutes until the car warms up. I mean totally dead, and then it comes on and works perfectly fine. Have had the fluid flushed and it persists. Anyone else have this problem? Suggestions?

Thanks.
I'd bleed it for starters...turn the wheel to full lock left and right a few times and check fluid level. I'd do this while rolling slowly.

You might also check your belts and pulleys. You're not getting any warning lights, are you?
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:18 AM   #4
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Maybe. To be complete, I had the pump replaced (sheared shaft), then the problem started. They thought it was water in the lines, so they drained, flushed, etc. then they thought it was a faulty pump, so they replaced it. The problem still persists. It's a good shop, so I sort a doubt it's bleeding.
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