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Old 02-27-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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Exclamation HELP! Foam in power steering resevoir!

I just got done changing my steering rack & pinion on my car and I filled it up with Royal Purple ATF and at first the resevoir didn't go down. I increased the throttle and it sucked it in. But, there is now a pinkish foamy fluid in the resevoir and the pump is making a little noise like it's dry when I turn it.
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:35 PM   #2
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Did you follow these instructions?

http://www.linquist.net/motorsports/bmw/maf

You need to turn the wheel multiple times to fully pressurize the system.
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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You mean you didnt bleed the pump ?

Bleeding is done by lifting the front of the car up , and turning the wheel from lock to lock until bubbling in the reservoir stops.

If pump runs dry .. the idk what you might have fawked

EDIT : That link is a real slow way to change fluid.
Just take of the hose clamp to the feed of the pump and pretty much everything will drain.

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Old 02-27-2010, 10:19 PM   #4
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:17 PM   #5
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I use Power Steering fluid. Doesn't foam as much under high load. But in your case with air in the system, you just need to get the air bubbles out.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:08 PM   #6
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HEY GUYS!!! This just happened to me a few seconds ago and I got reallly scared. Idk, i still may be depending on whether not i need a new pump..hopefully not. Can someone help me? So what do i do now that there is foam in the reservoir? do i disconnect the bottom and let it drain, add more fluid and then turn from lock to lock while car is still jacked up? Should the engine be on while I am doing this? I turned off the car immediately so hopefully i still have a strong pump at 164k. I dont really have the money to buy a new one now.

ANy Advice/help is greatly appreciated!
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