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Re: Power Steering Canister Has Film of Fluid on i (archive)

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Posted by Bob on June 23, 2000 at 21:09:06:

In Reply to: Power Steering Canister Has Film of Fluid on it. posted by Bob ///M3 on June 23, 2000 at 14:50:30:

: I have noticed that the power steering canisters on both my '99 M3 and '00 328i have a thin film of power steering fluid on them just under the screw-off cap. You can wipe the canisters with a towel and really not get more than an slight oily film off but I can definitely tell that they somehow release this film. I have cleaned them numerous times and the film reappears in a week or so. The only reason I can think of for this happening is an ill-fitting cap gasket...but on both cars?

: Is anyone else experiencing this?

: Bob ///M3

Clean the rim and the cap dry of any fluid and retighten. There should not be in any way a vent hole for this unit. At least none that I know of. A vent would let dirt into the unit and the smallest speck would spell disaster for the unit's guts, believe me. I think you are seeing what I usually call residual oil that is on the rim and continues to leach out. If there is no drip there is no leak--BMW policy.


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