1992 BMW 325 power steering leak

Tiny
MAX1391
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  • 1992 BMW 325
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 220,000 MILES
I have a power steering leak just cant tell where its coming from. The steering is fine whines when it gets low on fluid. What are some usual suspects that leak in the system?Do the hoses deteriate enough to leak through the rubber? 1st step?
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Monday, August 11th, 2008 AT 7:58 PM

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Tiny
MHPAUTOS
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Hi there,

There are only three places to check, the pump, the hoses and the steering box, give it a good wash down and check for fresh oil leaking, if the system is noisy you are very low on oil and run the Chance of damaging the pump.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Monday, August 11th, 2008 AT 8:27 PM
Tiny
DR. HAGERTY
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Mark is correct and the hoses are usually suspect, they will seep right through the walls of the hoses. I usually do not bother with trying to find the leak, I just replace all the low pressure supply and return hoses and by the way, you can use bulk 12mm and 16mm hose with radiator clamps if the budget is a little thin, just cut the crimp clamps and replace the crush washers at the banjo fittings.
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Monday, August 11th, 2008 AT 10:57 PM
Tiny
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LOVE THE FORUM! What do you mean "cut the crimp clamps and replace the crush washers at the banjo fittings"? I think I understand about cutting off the old hose clamps, what is a banjo fitting and crush washer?

I'm a newb, sorry.
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Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 AT 4:50 AM
Tiny
DR. HAGERTY
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That's what the hollow bolts and fittings are referred to as, and there are crush washers at all of these fitting that will require replacement.
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Friday, October 3rd, 2008 AT 9:08 PM

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