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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Tue, Jul-04-2017, 12:29:59 AM   #151
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Tough luck.
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Old Tue, Jul-04-2017, 03:11:01 PM   #152
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No rack was just rebuilt last week. Wasn’t done properly apparently...




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That sucks. Looks like the side seal blew out. Thought about upgrading to a z3 or 330 rack?
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Old Tue, Jul-04-2017, 03:31:01 PM   #153
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That sucks. Looks like the side seal blew out. Thought about upgrading to a z3 or 330 rack?


I did.

A z3 rack is hard to find locally and if not locally they sell super fast.

330 zhp are also pretty rare.

I had this one rebuilt while sourcing a better one because I’m fed up with having power steering fluid in my driveway. That thing is super hard to clean.




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Old Tue, Jul-04-2017, 04:13:06 PM   #154
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Why did you rebuild the rack in the first place ? I replaced all the lines and reservoir with brand new oem ones and the rack was dry and nothing was leaking


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Old Tue, Jul-04-2017, 10:38:15 PM   #155
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Why did you rebuild the rack in the first place ? I replaced all the lines and reservoir with brand new oem ones and the rack was dry and nothing was leaking


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Rack started leaking from the top last fall.



Oem steering rack is something close to 2k.
Rebuilt was 340$ labour + 100$ parts

Car is back at the garage, waiting for diagnostic.

Not impressed with work done there so far.

Had to return 2 times in 1 week.

Edit: spoke with the owner of the garage, he will order a new seal kit and rebuild the rack again at no charge but parts are on back order so car won’t be ready for a week.

Both my evo x and my m3 are at the garage, left driving a pos.

Brand spanking new Sonic 2017 :



Got the car when it had 72km and now at 900km of “normal” driving. Didn’t lose a wheel yet so it has that going for it I guess !



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Old Thu, Jul-13-2017, 11:23:16 PM   #156
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Got the M3 back, steering rack fixed for good hopefully.

I noticed a small coolant leak near the thermostat housing. Initially I didn’t put anything on the thermostat housing to seal it on the engine. I was wrong.

Anyways I have 2 options:

Make a gasket from a gasket material: durlon 8500 which is used to make industrial gasket in many applications.

Here are the specs of the material:



It’s overkilled but I get it for free. This resist heat and pressure way better then the permatex rtv for water pump/thermostat.

Knowing that BMW used a gasket initially with the housing I am inclined to go that route. Plus I hate putting rtv, just looks ugly imho.

Thoughts on the idea of Durlon 8500 gasket ?


Edit: v1 is almost done :



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Old Tue, Oct-24-2017, 07:54:30 PM   #157
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Long time I didn’t post.

Nothing much done to the car. Just enjoying it.

Steering rack still leaks after the second rebuild. Will source a z3 rack over the winter.

I also want to do over the winter:

Tune
Headers
Both front wheel bearings
Z3 rack
Strip trunk + back
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Old Tue, Oct-24-2017, 10:35:46 PM   #159
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Nice looking car, love that wing!

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Enjoy the winter header install! I know I did hahahaha.
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