Have you tried just replacing the factory clamps??? The E36's all seem
to leak like crazy from these hoses until you replace the factory
non-adjustable clamps with some real clamps. It's enough of a problem
I've heard of some dealers doing the same thing. Both the E36's I've had
have leaked here until I replaced the clamps. Even the new hoses will
leak after a while if your dealer's service dept. uses the stock type
"Robert Chay" <rchay_at_sitesmith.com> wrote:
> I just dropped off my car at Beverly Hills BMW and they quoted me $230 for
> the 2 ps hoses and $300 for the labor. My question is... Is this a
> reasonable price for this job? I'm thinking it's a little high but I'm going
The common parts, and the only ones, that fail on the power steering system
are the power steering intake manifold hose (hose that leads from the resivoir
to the pump) and the return line (the tubular thingie thats bolted to the
I think the cause is just bad materials (DEFECTIVE) where rubber meets metal.
BMW has not redesigned this system.
They go bad on E36s, E39s, E38s, and i'm sure a whole lot of other BMWs.
Warranty Labor pays about 5 FRU (Flat Rate Units) or about 30min.. maybe less.
It takes me less than an hour to do both hoses, plus adding power steering
fluid (ATF, CHF 11S or 7.1) and bleeding the system.
Labor rates will depend on what you came into the dealer for. If you had a
complaint of noisy steering or steering is hard, diagnoisis time will be
included which can be 30min or an hour. I wouldn't go over 90mins though. But
yeah, $300 for labor is too much.
*Done about half a dozen power steering hoses. Gotta love them PS intake
manifold hoses though!*