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Re: Power Steering Fluid Level Sensor (archive)

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Posted by John on March 06, 2000 at 23:38:46:

In Reply to: Re: Power Steering Fluid Level Sensor posted by Callan on March 05, 2000 at 19:55:13:


THANKS AGAIN, I will rest comfortably tonight. I have been staring at this flopping wiring harness with big rubber boots and female spade connectors for 8 YEARS trying to figure out where it went. The "missing" power steering reservoir sensor seems to answer that question!!!

You've done it again.

BTW, How's the "other" BMW doing?? I've developed lazy start, cold and warm, on the Disco (Dribbling injectors I think). Doing the original Pony Express trail in Western Utah this weekend.

Thanks again.

John 88 735iL (226K)
79 320i (250K)
95 Disco

: This cute sensor[which was deleted on later models] is at the bottom of the reservoir, and slides into a tube on the worst possible reaching angle for servicing it. Don't be surprised if it breaks while you try to take it out. You get to it from the outside, at the bottom of the reservoir,if you're lucky. More than one car has had this sensor unplugged because the body of the sensor got wedged in the hole and broke at its base.

: As for correctly filling an IL model, you have to have the car jacked up, off the ground, to get the right fluid level. You will also need to pump the brake pedal a few times to let the system set-up properly[with the engine off] . Only after doing this will you have a true indication of the level in the reservoir. If you just pour the fluid in while the car is still sitting on the ground ;you usually end up overfilling it and it rises over the top at the cap once the fluid heats up from usage.

: This is only necessary on the self-leveling/rear suspension IL models, not the regular wheel-base models.

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