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Power steering gearbox (archive)

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Posted by James Hartline on April 12, 2001 at 18:39:35:

OK, without everyone giving me a bad time for owning an M5 without the ability to repair it at the time, and I need some opinions. Mine gearbox is leaking, and it is forcing me to replace with two bottle of Pentosin 3.1CHF every week or so, and being a student, this isn't helping my budget. In the mean time, I have removed the power steering belt in order to keep fluid pressure down on the gearbox so it doesn't keep dumping the stuff every week. My question is, besides makes my arms stronger by having to turn the manually, am I really harming anything? My other question is, while is was in there removing the A/C and airpump belt to get to the P/S belt, am I going to harm anything by leaving that belt off also. I never use the A/C (Seattle, it doesn't get hot) and the airpump is only needed for emissions. There are people out there who's airpump doesn't work, and is it really something I need to pass emissions if the car is already warmed up well before I do even go to get the tests done in the future. AFter reading the Bentely manual last night, the airpump is only used the first 30-120 seconds of start-up in the morning to reduce emissions, and the rest of the time it creates an accessory drag. Let the responses begin..............

James Hartline
91 M5 w/156K
S/S, Redline, UUC TM & TME, Yoko AVS Sports

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