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Old 12-12-2011, 10:58 AM   #1
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Replacing Power Steering Reservoir / Hoses

I'm replacing the power steering reservoir and 2 hoses that connect to it on my wife's 2001 325i. Part #11 on the parts diagram below attaches to the cooler. Will I need any special tools to replace this hose? The reservoir end just slides over a nipple, but I've never dealt with a pressure type fitting, like on the other end.



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Old 12-13-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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They don't have any wrenching flats? If not, they are most likely quick release type fittings. The outer sleeve should slide and release the fitting. These are not high pressure connections. High pressure is hose 3 from the pump to the rack. Low pressure flow from the rack to the reservoir.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:19 PM   #3
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They don't have any wrenching flats? If not, they are most likely quick release type fittings. The outer sleeve should slide and release the fitting. These are not high pressure connections. High pressure is hose 3 from the pump to the rack. Low pressure flow from the rack to the reservoir.
Thanks for the response. I looked at the picture of the hose on RealOEM beofer posting, and couldn't tell if the cooler end had any flats for wrenching. Thought I'd ask the forum before buying the hose and then possibly realizing I need a special tool that makes the DIY not cost effective.

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Old 12-13-2011, 10:45 PM   #4
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This thread may help: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=788513
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:26 PM   #5
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That fitting at the end of hose #11 can be a B*&%# to get off! I slid the drivers headlight out a bit to give myself more room and was able to get it then...Good Luck! No special tool necessary.
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:37 PM   #6
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Didn't see the thread referenced...there is a special tool you can get, but the 'hack' is evidently two wrenches the right sizes pushing in while pushing...sort of thing. Haven't done it, but if it's difficult, you're doing it the wrong way! HTH
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:17 PM   #7
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I just replaced my power steering reservoir, and the easier hose to remove (#1 on the diagram above).
Unfortunately the hose (#11) with the quick-release attachment is staying on. I was unable to fully pull back the plastic sleeve with my fingers, so tried using channel locks to gently pull back the plastic sleeve on opposing sides, but this resulted in the plastic breaking apart into many pieces. Afterwards the plastic easily crumbled apart in my hands, just too many heat cycles I guess. The car is a 2002 330cci with 150k. It's been a few days with no leaking from the area, so I'll keep my fingers crossed. If I ever do have to replace this hose in the future, I'll have to take out the rigid tubing it attaches to (#10). Bummer.
So let this be a warning to be careful pulling back the plastic sleeve!
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:08 PM   #8
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I just replaced my power steering reservoir, and the easier hose to remove (#1 on the diagram above).
Unfortunately the hose (#11) with the quick-release attachment is staying on. I was unable to fully pull back the plastic sleeve with my fingers, so tried using channel locks to gently pull back the plastic sleeve on opposing sides, but this resulted in the plastic breaking apart into many pieces. Afterwards the plastic easily crumbled apart in my hands, just too many heat cycles I guess. The car is a 2002 330cci with 150k. It's been a few days with no leaking from the area, so I'll keep my fingers crossed. If I ever do have to replace this hose in the future, I'll have to take out the rigid tubing it attaches to (#10). Bummer.
So let this be a warning to be careful pulling back the plastic sleeve!
Had this exact thing happen to me. Here's a post I made over at bimmerfest.com.

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http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...505&highlight=
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Thank you! I'll keep an eye on that hose for leaking. If there is, now I'll have a plan of attack to get it off!
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:52 PM   #10
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My next job will be the PS hoses. I have a band-aid on one of the low pressure return hoses.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:56 PM   #11
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I had electrical tape bandaging mine for a week. The parking lot of the company I work for is evidence as to how well it worked.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:19 PM   #12
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Similar problems - need help

I need some advice, and help. I have a 2000 323i. I took it to a reputable mechanic who identified several problems, one of which was that my "power steering suction and return hoses" are leaking. I have several questions:
1. Which hoses in Cory58's diagram are the "power steering suction and return hoses?"
2. I am a novice (just replaced rotors, calipers, pads and Lower Control Arms - first car work I've done in 40 yrs - it was a struggle, but since I'm retired I got time). Is this ps hose job doable by a novice?
3. Is there a good video to help?
4. I can barely see the hoses from above - what do I have to remove to get to them?

Lastly, I don't mean to steal the thread, should I start a new topic?
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:26 PM   #13
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Power steering

I know its been 2 years, I'm also tackling the job this summer. Thanks for all the pointers and links to other resources - this forum truly rocks!
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:10 PM   #14
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All I just wanted to add that if the grey pieces break you can make a tool to compress the coupling springs to get the hose off of the radiator Buy a Berol highlighter. It has to be that brand because the cap it the perfect diameter to fit inside the hose coupler. Take a berol highlighter top and cut the end off. Then slit it down the middle. Fit it around and slide it in the coupler hose fitting taker something like a needle nose plier and push it in the pull the hose off. It workes great.
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^ Thanks for the tip! Here's another creative solution worth consideration if that grey quick disconnect clip is broken/missing (involves bending the internal tabs outward): http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpost.php?p=16527811.

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Old 07-01-2015, 11:01 PM   #16
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Meh, I just bought the special disconnect tool, it's like $15 from FCP euro. I also bought the PS reservoir and hoses from them too. Make it easy on yourself

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...-tool-cta-3466
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