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Power steering fluid reservoir covered in gunk!

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by wolvertone, May 4, 2014.

  1. wolvertone

    wolvertone Newbie

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    Morning. New Z3 owner here. First post

    Bought a '97 2.8 with 67k on the clock. Included hard top. Very tidy with Denin CAI, throttle body, chip and exhaust.

    Anyways, detailing the engine bay, I noticed a lot of gunk around the power steering fluid reservoir. Nothing else is leaking. I removed the cap to clean it and noticed there's a hole in it on the side which seems to be a vent. And the fluid was low.

    Is there supposed to be a hose or check valve of some sort? What's the fix or original design? Bentley manual is on the way.

    Thanks all
     
  2. GazHyde

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    Welcome Wolvertone!

    I can't answer your question, but I'm sure someone who can will be along soon :)
     
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    I find as the reservoir sits so low it always collects dirt, dust and water, as it blows through the front vents, I just clean it every time I get to it. As long as you have noise from the steering and the steering isn't difficult, then just keep it topped up it is working fine.
     
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    The Z3 that I looked at before buying my present car had an oily and dirt-encrusted power steering reservoir, which was one of many reasons I was afraid to buy it. The OP has a reservoir that sounds like that. Leaking oil which attracts dirt. I would check the hoses, the clamps and replace the o-ring.
     

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