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Old 04-29-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Power Steering Issue

2002 BMW 330i

So today after the car has been sitting in a parking lot for about 6 hours I noticed that when I turn the wheel in either direction there is a noticeable popping sound coming from the engine bay while the car is running.

While I turn the wheel it makes very rapid little pops that sound a little like tiny farts or 2 pieces of rubber rubbing together.

Could there be something rubbing on a contact point or is this a sign of a troublesome Power Steering Pump that needs replacing?

Thank you for any advice received,
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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Fluid level?
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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yeah check your ATF reservoir fluid level, your low and leaking somewhere
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If it's not low...possible p/s pump issue.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:46 AM   #5
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Check you tie rods also.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:40 PM   #6
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Don't forget the reservoir has a built in screen/filter that can be clogged. Cheap DIY before you bite the bullet on the pump, and a good idea to replace when replacing the pump anyways. Of course flush...

I would think that locked up tie rod ends would make noise from the front end, rather than from the engine bay...
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