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Old 01-07-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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Urgent steering problem :(

I was driving my 325 CI this morning as usual when the steering suddenly blocked and its really hard to turn and if im not exaggerating its impossible. my friend checked the steering oil and added more but it didnt work. he said that it might be the steering pump but its weird cuz its not making any noise. he said its very complicated because it will be hard to diagnose the problem now i need to tow my car just for diagnostic then figure out whats the problem and see how much will cost. it will be more easier if we can at least have an idea about whats going on. I hope that you guys have some suggestions please need some urgent help...
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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I've seen this before on GM products. The shaft of the pump was broken.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Is that make it really hard? cuz mine just failed without any signs
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:29 PM   #4
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Yes. The shaft breaks in the pump. The pulley spins but the broken shaft doesn't.
Simple check is to pry outward on the pulley and see if it moves outward.
If it does, broken shaft.
Like I said. I've seen this on GM products but not BMW.
Worth a quick look though.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:29 PM   #5
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I was driving my 325 CI this morning as usual when the steering suddenly blocked and its really hard to turn and if im not exaggerating its impossible. my friend checked the steering oil and added more but it didnt work. he said that it might be the steering pump but its weird cuz its not making any noise. he said its very complicated because it will be hard to diagnose the problem now i need to tow my car just for diagnostic then figure out whats the problem and see how much will cost. it will be more easier if we can at least have an idea about whats going on. I hope that you guys have some suggestions please need some urgent help...
Watch this video made by the people at BMP.
I believe this is exactly what shovelit and I believe is going on.

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Old 01-07-2013, 08:38 PM   #6
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Nice video. I wasn't aware of this problem on BMW but certainly on GM.
Thanks for posting this.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:03 PM   #7
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I think this is the problem on my car but still i need a quick check on it as soon as possible
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:05 PM   #8
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We've seen a few people here with this problem. You need a new pump. It's not a hard DIY.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:10 PM   #9
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You got towed? I would have kept driving till I got home. Its not impossible to steer. All you need it some speed and use of 2 arms. Your pump definently went out. Its an easy thing to replace.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:43 PM   #10
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Yes, OP...it's a straightforward(ish) repair.

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Old 01-08-2013, 12:02 AM   #11
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well I just replaced many part on my e46 such as arm controls, bushing, brakes pads and rotors, thermostat, MAF sensor, windshield pump, oil and air filters, spark plugs, and other parts which cost me a lot of money now its the steering problem so we are talking about 400$ or more.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:16 AM   #12
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The pump is 200-300, fluid another 10, new hose clamps a couple bucks. Don't forget a new O-ring on the high pressure line if you have the LF20 or you'll leak fluid. I'm assuming you do have the LF20 since it failed in the first place

I went with a supposedly redesigned Atlantic Engineering pump over OEM because it was cheaper and the OEM one breaks anyway.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #13
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I might do the same thing get the advance auto part power steering pump with a life time warranty and a new reservoir so it will increase the cost by 100$ knowing that even the OEM parts fail sometimes...
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:50 PM   #14
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Thank you guys for all the advices they were really helpful I just got a video from my friend showing the failure of the shaft of the power steering pump and this is exactly what shovelit and scottjoh were talking about I really appreciate u guys save me the diagnostic cost and a special thanks for E46tknv who suggested to drive the car and save the towing cost. I really like this forum its interesting and very helpful I recommend it to all the e46 owners.
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