OEM power steering pump vs electric pump

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  1. bcgreen

    bcgreen Member

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    I have a very slow leak coming from my 2004 Cooper S power steering and was wondering if there is any advantage going with a electric power steering unit?
     
  2. MCS02

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    Not sure. The ones on the Gen two work well. Is your power steering still covered by the recall?
     
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    #3 bcgreen, Jun 9, 2022
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    A few years ago there was a recall on the power steering and I don't remember if it was the pump or something else dealing with the power steering. I would have to search my files to find out what they replaced.
    Is it a one time only replacement?
     
  4. 00Mini

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    Are you sure the leak is not coming from the hoses ??
     
  5. bcgreen

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    No, I don't know. Will have to ask the mechanic who dx it while replacing the oil pan gasket.
     
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    I would look at the hoses first, especially if they original.


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    It was the pump they replaced in mine. @00Mini and @GokartPilot are right it is usually the hoses. Those stupid crimp clamps BMW uses get weak and leak. I replaced mine with normal screw clamps. Mine were leaking bad.
     
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    I had the recall on my 2004 and the dealer did the work in 2018 and all they did was replace "input cabl". I am wondering if they were supposed to replace the pump and not just the cable?
     
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    I got a new pump. The recall was because the pump would get hot and stop working.
     

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