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Post Power steering issues
I put an m3 steering rack in my 328IS and the steering pumps keeping failing. Is there a difference between the two pumps????

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:11 pm
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Location: Calgary
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Post Re: Power steering issues
From my limited E36 knowledge the M3 and non-M3 (aka every other E36) have different power steering pumps.
There is also a change in powersteering pump part number in the later year E36.
Refer to realoem for specifics.


Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:52 am
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Post Re: Power steering issues
Yes, I just checked realoem. M3 have different pumps. That isn't your problem though. Was the M3 rack new or was it used? I'm thinking there was probably garbage in the rack or hoses that is taking the pumps out. Or...A few years ago, my M3 was giving grief turning, stiff and noises. I changed the pump, no difference. Then I changed the rack and everything was good. Later on had same problem with an E46. Ha! I changed the rack....NOPE! That time it was the pump! Damn!


Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:16 pm
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Post Re: Power steering issues
The rack was used but I flushed it , I guess ill get it rebuilt and overhaul the whole power steering system

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Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:19 am
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