We have a 2005 BMW 325i, last night it made a "bad" sound and the power steering felt as if it went away. No problem with the PSfluid level, so checked the trani level and seemed very low. Added some TF, car started fine, no noise and steering was back to normal. Parked the car, turned it off and then the transmission fluid leaked at a fast pace (almost gush). Any ideas?
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Re: BMW 325i BAD transmission fluid leak/gush
I have to admit without more detail it's hard to say.... my educated guess would be that one of the hoses to the transmission cooler has blow and needs to be replaced. do NOT drive the car till that is done.
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1. Check that the serpentine belt is still intact and still in position over all the pulleys on the engine including the power steering pump.
2. Check the power steering fluid level. If very low or empty you obviously have a significant power steering fluid leak which could be from a ruptured flexible hose, a leaky hose connection, a leak from the power steering pump itself or leaks from the fluid seals in the steering rack. If the PS pump has been run with very low fluid it will have been pumping air and will be damaged.
3. If the PS pump itself has failed you will obviously lose PS assistance and a bad pump would need to be replaced.
4. Since you have not checked anything on the car no one here can tell you the likely source of your particular PS failure.
5. The steering wheel should still turn but if the car is not moving it will be extremely heavy and difficult to move.without PS assistance so don't attempt to drive it in its present condition.
Yes could be a hose to your power steering or a leak some where's. your brake work off of your power steering pump because your truck has a hydraboost and not a brake booster that work's off of vacum, so if it's low on power steering fluid the brakes will not work, to check add fluid to the pump and have some one turn the wheel all the way and hold while you check for leak's, hope this was very helpful,good luck
It sounds like the alternator belt or the alternator is going bad. The squealing sound was probably the alternator belt. the alternator belt might need to get tightened or replaced or you may need a new alternator. The alternator keeps the battery charged. When the alternator goes bad the battery can not be recharged. You also should keep the power steering fluid up to par or the power steering will go bad on you.
Well it's one of three things:
1. The fluid has leaked out and you should check for leaks and check the fluid level.
2. If the level is fine your power steering pump could be bad.
3. If the level is fine your rack and pinion could be bad.