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Post Power steering failure
Ok guys so i am going through power steering pumps like crazy and cannot figure out why. I have a 96 328is with an m3 steering rack. Would i need to se an m3 power steering pump and what else could be causing the failures?????? I am at my wit ends and will just park this car forever.

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Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:00 pm
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Post Re: Power steering failure
What are the symptoms? I had PS problems on my 97 M3. Eventually replaced the rack and pump. I think I did pump first and it didn't help so then I did the rack.
Wouldn't have thought rack would fail.


Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:34 pm
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Ive got massive amounts of whine from the pump and no hard to steer as well. It seems like it not cycling the fluid through.

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Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:35 pm
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Post Re: Power steering failure
If you have replaced the pump and hoses are not crimped then the rack is only other thing it can be. I know mine started out really tough to turn and I did pump and it didn't help so I did rack and that fixed it.
Then on my E46 had same issue so I changed the rack first and it turned out that the pump input shaft was sheared off. (common for that model)


Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:03 pm
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I wonder if i can rebuild the rack, it is an m3 rack so not very common to find these not in an m3.

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Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:35 pm
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Post Re: Power steering failure
Order one from rack doctor. Much less than buying new. I have a couple of old ones that I was always going to rebuild but never got to it. I don't imagine they are difficult but buying rebuild seals would be the issue


Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:25 pm
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