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car question, power steering rack going bad

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so i drive a 12 yo BMW 328i with 175k miles on it and lately the steering has been groaning and getting funky feeling when making quick tight turns. it does consume a little fluid, but nothing excessive for a 12 year old car.

I'm thinking it is the rack, but could it be the pump? i don't really want to just throw parts at. and have no experience diagnosing a bad rack. (but i know a good one when i see it :D)

a little back ground, i bought the car in 2001 with 60k on it and have beaten it without mercy since, including three years of autocross in two different series. the car still has it's original tie rods, rack and pump. and the set up is typical rack and pinion w/ mac. struts.

with winter coming soon i need to get this fixed, the noise takes the fun out of powerslides and dough-nuts :eek:nfloor
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what would i do with that boat?
ride in fucking style dumbass. LOL
that pic doesn't do it justice. the rear tires are the same size as a M3 etc. there fucking huge.
it's super nice car for a 99 though.
my 62yo dad would love a seven series. i'll stick to the 3er's though, thank you very much. i can't stand large cars, even my dad's 5 series feels like a barge to me. plus, i will never own an automatic, so that eliminates pretty much anything that size.

so can anybody comment on the original question, should i be looking at the pump or rack?
it's not leaking... much. there are no drips on the driveway, but i do occasionally have to top off the res. maybe i should pull back the boots and see if there is fluid in them.
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