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Old 05-24-2014, 12:19 AM   #1
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DIY for power steering reservoir hoses?

Hate to start a thread on this, but since I've encountered difficulties generating DIY's on the power steering hoses, could someone post any links that they know of? Thanks

Also the part numbers for the hoses on real oem gives a different result when entered directly to the search bar on autohauz vs navigating through Car System
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:28 AM   #2
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they are extremely easy to change. probably the easiest on the car rivaled by the coolant hoses. i strongly recommend you get the bmw special tool for the quick disconnect. it's red.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:49 AM   #3
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they are extremely easy to change. probably the easiest on the car rivaled by the coolant hoses. i strongly recommend you get the bmw special tool for the quick disconnect. it's red.
+1, except that my tool for the quick connect fittings is blue
OP, you just need to order the right parts. Your car may be equipped with either LF20 or LF30 power steering pump, and they use different high pressure hoses. You have to make sure which one to order.
The rest is just removing and installing hoses and PS reservoir. Bleeding the system is also extremely easy - just turn the steering wheel lock to lock while the engine idles and the air will escape through the power steering reservoir. The fluid is D4 ATF.
In addition to the special tool recommended by peytonracer4, you may want to order some adjustable hose clamps instead of the stock clamps.

These clamps worked for me:
Hose clamp L12-15, 07129952104
Hose clamp L16-30, 64218367179

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+1, except that my tool for the quick connect fittings is blue
OP, you just need to order the right parts. Your car may be equipped with either LF20 or LF30 power steering pump, and they use different high pressure hoses. You have to make sure which one to order.
The rest is just removing and installing hoses and PS reservoir. Bleeding the system is also extremely easy - just turn the steering wheel lock to lock while the engine idles and the air will escape through the power steering reservoir. The fluid is D4 ATF.
In addition to the special tool recommended by peytonracer4, you may want to order some adjustable hose clamps instead of the stock clamps.

These clamps worked for me:
Hose clamp L12-15, 07129952104
Hose clamp L16-30, 64218367179



this is the tool. i have one in my tool chest and can take a pic. the blue one is for the fuel lines.
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this is the tool. i have one in my tool chest and can take a pic. the blue one is for the fuel lines.
I have exactly the same tool for these power steering lines, but it is blue. It was awhile ago so I forgot where I got it from. Looks like this one and works exactly as described.

I don't have the smaller one for the fuel lines.

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Old 05-24-2014, 02:38 AM   #6
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I have exactly the same tool for these power steering lines, but it is blue. It was awhile ago so I forgot where I got it from. Looks like this one and works exactly as described.



I don't have the smaller one for the fuel lines.

Crazy. I've only ever seen it in red. Oh well the blue looks sweet. lol.


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Thanks paytonracer4, megalocnus ... I'm getting that tool and took note of the clamps size, thanks guys ....
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