BMW M3 Forum
BMW M3 Forum BMW M3 Gallery BMW M3 Reviews BMW M3 Social Groups BMW M3 Chat M3Forum Sponsors >>
Loading


Mobile M3forum
Go Back   BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X) > BMW M3 Discussions > E46 M3 (2001-2006)
Tire Rack Buy Winter Tires Now!
Not a member? Register Now!
Register Gallery All Albums Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Calendar FAQ

E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Fri, Apr-27-2012, 01:56:03 PM   #11
jph28
Back in 'Merica
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Age: 36
Posts: 9,190
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 jph28 is on a distinguished road
Location: Charlotte, NC

United States




Default Re: What's wrong with this picture? Power Steering Fluid Leak?

I had that hose replaced due to enough leakage that my reservoir was almost empty (~6month inspection interval or so). They must have topped the reservoir up a little too much because at my next event the fluid started weeping out of the (very tight) reservoir cap... not really sure how that happens.

But yes, just check the level with the dipstick, which is part of the cap. I wouldn't be worried about a little leakage, think of it as a constant, slow PS fluid flush
__________________

Current - 2018 M2, 2018 F31 330i
2004 SilverGrey 6MT Sold

Past - 18 Tahoe / '15 F31d / '02 M5 / '04 M3 / '12 VW JSW TDI / '91 Saab 900TC / '98 M3 / '06 WRX / '98 ITR / '88 Saab 9000T
Jump to top jph28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Register now and remove these ads
Old Fri, Apr-27-2012, 05:51:34 PM   #12
waldron80
Registered User
 
waldron80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 526
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 waldron80 is on a distinguished road
Location: Atlanta GA

United States




Default Re: What's wrong with this picture? Power Steering Fluid Leak?

Yep....Mine looks the same.... I just monitor. I rarely see the reservoir level decrease between my turkey baster flushes I do every so often.
__________________

My RTAB Experience - Don't do what I did....
Often requested Tire Size Calculator -- My 3.5mm AUX install -- My home grown Maintenance Spreadsheet
Jump to top waldron80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Fri, Apr-27-2012, 06:34:14 PM   #13
deilenberger
Moderator
 
deilenberger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 14,174
Reputation: 578 deilenberger has a reputation beyond reputedeilenberger has a reputation beyond reputedeilenberger has a reputation beyond reputedeilenberger has a reputation beyond reputedeilenberger has a reputation beyond reputedeilenberger has a reputation beyond repute

United States




Default Re: What's wrong with this picture? Power Steering Fluid Leak?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jph28 View Post
I had that hose replaced due to enough leakage that my reservoir was almost empty (~6month inspection interval or so). They must have topped the reservoir up a little too much because at my next event the fluid started weeping out of the (very tight) reservoir cap... not really sure how that happens.
There is an O ring on the cap that hardens up - but the cap also has an air vent in it that if overfilled will dribble PS fluid.
__________________
Don Eilenberger AKA bellymeisterburgermeister and denilegiiiiiiiiiiiiibennnnegerieragher (but that's misspelled..)
  • About a dozen other BMWs through the years..
  • 2001 M-Coupe - TiSilver/Black - Das Boot.. - SOLD
  • 2002 M3C/6 - Imola Red/Black - SOLD
  • 2003 525iT - Green/Tan - SOLD - replaced with Lexus
  • 2006 Cayenne/S - Iceland Silver Metallic/Stone-steel Gray - Truckster. - SOLD
  • 2007 R1200R - Roadster, black mit/white pinstripes - SOLD and not forgotten..
  • 2012 R1200R - Roadster, Ruby Red - the new REAL BMW..
  • 2011 Lexus RX-350. SWMBO's toy.
  • 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, white/black. My new toy..
Jump to top deilenberger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Fri, Apr-27-2012, 07:04:50 PM   #14
avusJT
Registered User
 
avusJT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 23
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 avusJT is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: What's wrong with this picture? Power Steering Fluid Leak?

It's not just the M3. Dating back to my 635csi, I haven't had a BMW that didn't have crappy power steering hoses.
Jump to top avusJT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Fri, Apr-27-2012, 07:50:06 PM   #15
jph28
Back in 'Merica
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Age: 36
Posts: 9,190
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 jph28 is on a distinguished road
Location: Charlotte, NC

United States




Default Re: What's wrong with this picture? Power Steering Fluid Leak?

Quote:
Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
There is an O ring on the cap that hardens up - but the cap also has an air vent in it that if overfilled will dribble PS fluid.
Thanks for the info. It definitely startled me a bit to come off the track and see fluid splattered around the inside of the front left wheel. Didn't take long to realize it was just the PS fluid leaking from the reservoir cap though, thankfully.
__________________

Current - 2018 M2, 2018 F31 330i
2004 SilverGrey 6MT Sold

Past - 18 Tahoe / '15 F31d / '02 M5 / '04 M3 / '12 VW JSW TDI / '91 Saab 900TC / '98 M3 / '06 WRX / '98 ITR / '88 Saab 9000T
Jump to top jph28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
fluid, leak, picture, power, steering, wrong

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 12:39:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
M3Forum.com and M3forum.net is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated by or with BMW NA / BMW AG or any of it's subsidiaries or vendors.
BMW and M3 (E90 M3 | E92 M3 | E93 M3 | E46 M3 | E36 M3 | E30 M3) are registered trademarks of BMW AG.
M3Forum Terms of Service
Copyright 1999-2017 M3Forum.com
Discussing What's wrong with this picture? Power Steering Fluid Leak? in the E46 M3 (2001-2006) Forum - Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006. at BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X)