Hello there and welcome to the BMW Car Club of America.

If you are a BMW CCA member, please log in and introduce yourself in our Member Introductions section.

Power Steering Reservoir Change

Discussion in 'E39 (1997-2003)' started by kearnsclan, Apr 22, 2010.

    kearnsclan guest

    Post Count: 52
    Likes Received:0
    Any advice on how often to change out PS Reservoir.

    Understand the filter for the PS pump is in the reservoir unit and cannot be changed without replacing the reservoir.

    Correct??

    Need some advice on this.

    thx
    • Member

    bcweir

    Post Count: 1,264
    Likes Received:5
    You're showing three vehicles. Which one are you inquiring about

    You can consult realoem.com (or I can do it to help out). Because BMW makes constant running changes on these cars (they don't necessarily wait until the next model year to change parts and specs), I will need either the last 7 digits of your VIN number or your production date (stamped on a label on the driver's side door jamb) to make sure that realoem.com pulls up the correct part for your car.
    • Member

    Zeichen311

    Post Count: 548
    Likes Received:3
    Judging by the forum where the question is posted, I'd say he's asking about the 540i.... ;)
    • Member

    bcweir

    Post Count: 1,264
    Likes Received:5
    Thanks, NottheStig. The production date would have helped too, but here goes.

    Crud! I don't see a power steering reservoir filter, do any of YOU see a power steering reservoir filter (see attached realoem.com diagram)???

    :confused:

    No. Description Supplement Qty From Up To Part Number Price Notes
    01 OIL CARRIER 1 32411097164 $64.84
    02 Cover 1 32411128332 $14.60
    03 Gasket ring 1 32411128333 $2.38
    04 Bracket, oil carrier 1 32411092940 $8.52
    05 Hex bolt with washer M6X16-Z1 1 07119915039 $0.27
    07 Bracket, oil carrier 1 32411141795 $4.52
    08 SELF-LOCKING HEX NUT M6-ZNS 2 07/2007 07119900560 $0.20
    08 SELF-LOCKING HEX NUT M6-8-ZNNIV SI 2 07119905949 $0.24
    09 Flat washer 6,4 2 46631451276 ENDED
    09 Flat washer 6,4 ZNS3 2 07146977329 $0.64
    10 Sleeve 2 32411095937 $1.68
    11 Rubber grommet 2 37211119643 $1.45

    A search for the word "filter" in realoem.com lists the following:

    Searching for: filter

    Part 11427511169 (OIL FILTER WITHOUT OIL COOLER CONNECTION) found in: Lubricat.syst.-oil filter, oil pipes

    Part 11427511169 (OIL FILTER WITHOUT OIL COOLER CONNECTION) found in: Lubricat.syst.-oil filter, oil pipes

    Part 11421736674 (OIL FILTER COVER) found in: Lubricat.syst.-oil filter, oil pipes

    Part 11427510717 (Set oil-filter element) found in: Lubricat.syst.-oil filter, oil pipes

    Part 13321702632 (Fuel filter) found in: FUEL PIPES AND FUEL FILTERS

    Part 13321709535 (Fuel filter with pressure regulator) found in: Fuel filter, pressure regulator

    Part 13721736675 (Air filter element) found in: Intake muffler

    Part 16136758757 (Activated carbon filter) found in: EXP.TANK/ACTIVATED CARBON CONTAINER

    Part 16131184272 (Activated carbon filter) found in: EXP.TANK/ACTIVATED CARBON CONTAINER

    Part 16131183573 (Activated carbon filter) found in: EXP.TANK/ACTIVATED CARBON CONTAINER

    Part 16141183311 (Dust filter) found in: EXP.TANK/ACTIVATED CARBON CONTAINER

    Part 16136757556 (Activated carbon filter) found in: EXP.TANK/ACTIVATED CARBON CONTAINER

    Part 16141183311 (Dust filter) found in: EXP.TANK/ACTIVATED CARBON CONTAINER

    Part 16136754733 (Dust filter) found in: EXP.TANK/ACTIVATED CARBON CONTAINER

    Part 24341422419 (Oil filter) found in: A5S560Z ATTACH.PARTS/CONTROL VALVE ASSY

    Part 24341422673 (Oil filter) found in: A5S440Z MOUNTING PARTS CONTROL UNIT

    Part 51718238599 (seal, microfine filter housing left) found in: ENGINE HOOD/MOUNTING PARTS

    Part 51718238600 (seal, microfine filter housing right) found in: ENGINE HOOD/MOUNTING PARTS

    Part 51718238599 (seal, microfine filter housing left) found in: ENGINE HOOD/MOUNTING PARTS

    Part 51718238600 (seal, microfine filter housing right) found in: ENGINE HOOD/MOUNTING PARTS

    Part 51718238599 (seal, microfine filter housing left) found in: ENGINE HOOD/MOUNTING PARTS

    Part 51718238600 (seal, microfine filter housing right) found in: ENGINE HOOD/MOUNTING PARTS

    Part 61350421886 (Suppression filter) found in: Suppression filter

    Part 65106940978 (RC filter radio) found in: HIFI AND TOP-HIFI SYSTEM AMPLIFIER

    Part 65248380945 (Suppression filter) found in: SINGLE PARTS F REAR WINDOW ANTENNA

    NO power steering filter for his car! HUH! I know what they look like: cylinder shaped, usually made of foam or paper. Not on this car apparently.

    I will search some more and return to this thread.

    On the other hand, oembimmerparts.com sells a replacement reservoir with cap for $27.50. That's almost $40 cheaper than the realoem price. Just make sure they understand this is a reservoir for the M62 V8 and not for the six. I don't know if they're different, but the site makes no distinction on that

    http://www.oembimmerparts.com/catalog/item/4168850/4086432.htm
    • Member

    John in VA

    Post Count: 624
    Likes Received:3
    On the E46, the filter comes with/within the reservoir - not available separately. I'm not sure the same is true with the E39.

    kearnsclan guest

    Post Count: 52
    Likes Received:0
    PS reservoir change interval

    Sorry guys!!! You are correct, I am referencing the 540i 6spd with 87k miles

    Any thots on how often to change out the PS reservoir ???

    thx again
    • Member

    bcweir

    Post Count: 1,264
    Likes Received:5
    There is no service interval for reservoir. If it's not leaking, leave it alone.

    Your power steering fluid on the other hand, does need periodic changing.

    I found a webpage for doing this on an E46. The process for an E39 should be similar.

    http://www.impee.co.uk/powersteering_fluid_change.htm
    • Member

    whorse

    Post Count: 35
    Likes Received:1
    The filter is built into the reservoir. Im changing mine this weekend along with the 2 hoses and fluid. You might as well change the hoses since they are prone to leaking. Make sure to buy clamps and the washer for the pump side of the lines.
    • Member

    shanneba

    Post Count: 76
    Likes Received:2
    The oil carrier (reservoir) part number is the same for the E46 330Ci and the E39 540i. ( at least using the 02-2003 production date)
    32411097164

Share This Page