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Old 07-14-2005, 05:58 PM   #1
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Power Steering Hose Replacement

Hey guys I just got a call from the dealer saying that both my power steering lines are cracked and leaking. I searched the forum and could not find an DIYs for it.

If any of you have one or could send me the directions from the bently manual it would be greatly appreciated.

The dealer wanted 500 to replace them....

I dont think so!
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Old 07-14-2005, 06:35 PM   #2
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I had leaky hoses and just replaced the 3 OEM clamps (2 on top; 1 on bottom) with regular screw-on type. No more leaks.


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Old 07-14-2005, 08:57 PM   #3
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yeah, it's probably just your clamps. i'd change those first to see if they cure the problem before i replace the hoses.
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Old 07-15-2005, 06:29 PM   #4
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Generally the only clamp that really leaks is the factory clamp on the suction tube on the pump. Thank GOD BMW has recognized this finally and renovated the clamp design. I would go with replacing at least that clamp first, before shelling out anymore money. Make sure to get a drain pan too........you are going to make a mess.
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Old 07-16-2005, 05:39 AM   #5
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actually, at least on mine, the clamp directly underneath the resevoir for the hose that connects the resevoir to the cooling coil (or whatever you call it) was also faulty. you could see oil residue on the end of that hose, plus that hose could literally pivot around the base of the resevoir if you twist it. of course the leak there is not as bad as the one you are talking about, but that's most likely due to effects of gravity.
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Old 01-17-2006, 06:00 PM   #6
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Just had the same call from my dealer ... $400 to replace the hoses. What is the best way to get at these clamps to replace them?
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Old 01-17-2006, 07:29 PM   #7
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Just had the same call from my dealer ... $400 to replace the hoses. What is the best way to get at these clamps to replace them?
$400 is way too expensive.

I recently had my hose (just two) and my power steering pump replaced.

I was about to do it myself but I found out it was covered under CPO warranty so I had the dealer replaced it for free.

I recommend that you PM //Mechanic so he can help you.

Basically the concept is simple. There are a serious of hose that connects your Power steering pump, power steering fluid reservior, and power steering rack. You just have to gain access to them and replace them. Gaining access is your biggest issue.

Hopefully this picture will provide some assistance

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Old 01-18-2006, 12:23 PM   #8
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$400 must be the high pressure hose and tube assemblies!
Couldn't be just rubber hoses and clamps?
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Old 01-18-2006, 12:33 PM   #9
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$400 must be the high pressure hose and tube assemblies!
Couldn't be just rubber hoses and clamps?
It's all about the $100/hr labor charge.
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Old 01-18-2006, 11:12 PM   #10
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I have found that the best clapms are the ones made for the fuel system, they do not pinch the hose like the typical clamps used on American cars. They are sometimes called euro spec clamps. They are much cheaper at Autozone or Pepboys then paying 3-4 each at the dealer.
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