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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Wed, Mar-28-2018, 11:21:09 PM   #1
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Default 95 M3, Is my power steering dead?

So to make a long story short, I bought a 95 m3 a while ago, took off some destroyed bc coilovers and put on a set of Sach struts & shocks and H&R sports.

I did the 96+m3 swapped strut hat combo for some negative camber, and while the cornering blasting around backroads was go-kart like, the steering was super heavy at parking lot speeds and there was squeaking.


So now I've swapped back to regular 95 strut hats, the steering instantly felt a little better but it still squeeks and is tough at low speeds, k-turns, parking lots. Still feels heavy.

What gives? Is my power steering pump dead? I checked the coilspring in the steering wheel since I have a rewrapped wheel on.

the belt and pulley look okay

Should I just go ahead and purchase a power steering pump (and related washers) ?
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Default Re: 95 M3, Is my power steering dead?

Did you check your fluid?
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Old Thu, Mar-29-2018, 07:00:07 AM   #3
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Default Re: 95 M3, Is my power steering dead?

Your strut mounts may be ****ed
The bearings at the top could be blown out and your springs are binding. It the steering better at higher speed? Try going to full lock ASAP at parking lot speeds. If your springs pop, thats your problem.
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Old Thu, Mar-29-2018, 12:57:12 PM   #4
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Default Re: 95 M3, Is my power steering dead?

Hmm well I just reverted of course back to the correct 95M mounts, which I didn't have and so were brand new from ECS.

Also I've been checking the springs for misalignment, I got them on pretty well when I did the strut mounts. I did notice that one seemed a bit off at the bottom end of the spring, I can do full figure 8s in a parking lot no problem once I'm moving a few MPH (10mph or so) but I don't think the springs are binding/popping around. I'm leaving with it for work now so I will test and see thanks


also fluid is changed a while ago, and checked the other day, still full
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Default Re: 95 M3, Is my power steering dead?

Ahh I see. I thought you just put the old mounts back again. That was my struggle with the steering on my car and a pleasant surprise when I found out that was the only issue.
Still check it out but seems much less likely. Listen for the pops.
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Default Re: 95 M3, Is my power steering dead?

Funky alignment can make the steering feel heavy.
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Old Thu, Mar-29-2018, 06:26:51 PM   #7
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Default Re: 95 M3, Is my power steering dead?

Just checked out the springs, lifted the car up from both sides, they seem properly seated with the pads and everything.

I did a power steering flush and bleed while i had it up on jacks as the fluid looked a bit dirty.

Seems a bit better on the feel, maybe with the car lowered this is about as good as the steering will get. It's pretty heavy but still spins back around when I take a turn and wanna straighten out.

Wish I had another 95m to drive to feel :P
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Default Re: 95 M3, Is my power steering dead?

What cars are you used to? The E36 does have heavier steering than modern cars especially electrically boosted ones. Is the steering wheel smaller than stock?
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Default Re: 95 M3, Is my power steering dead?

My other daily is a e46 m3, and the e36 steering feels 2-3x heavier than that 2006 car. Other car is a 2007 e90 328xi, heavy but fantastic steering feel. Grew up in my dads 1987 911 carrera, drove that a few thousand miles over the years, that has of course no power steering. Heavier than the e36 which is why I don't think the e36's pump is necessarily completely dead. At parking lot speeds the 87 carrera NEEDS both hands
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Default Re: 95 M3, Is my power steering dead?

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My other daily is a e46 m3, and the e36 steering feels 2-3x heavier than that 2006 car. Other car is a 2007 e90 328xi, heavy but fantastic steering feel. Grew up in my dads 1987 911 carrera, drove that a few thousand miles over the years, that has of course no power steering. Heavier than the e36 which is why I don't think the e36's pump is necessarily completely dead. At parking lot speeds the 87 carrera NEEDS both hands
E36 is heavier than E46 but not as heavy as the first poster discribes.

My '93 M3 used to have that heavy steering as well at parking speeds and I thought it was because of the wide offset wheels and so on. But after swapping a S54 in that car I also used the E46 M3 pump and now it's massively overboosted. I have a stock '97 M3 as daily driver to compare it too. That has better steering feel but by no means very heavy.
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