Fluid Level Check
The power steering fluid reservoir is located on the left side of the engine toward the front. On E36 models, it may be necessary to remove the air filter housing to access the reservoir.
Stop the engine and remove the cap/dipstick from the power steering reservoir. The dipstick is part of the reservoir cap and is removed by turning the cap counterclockwise. Wipe the filler cap from debris before removing the cap, then remove and wipe the dipstick and replace in the reservoir. Remove the cap and check the level. Check that the level is between the marks on the dipstick and add fluid as necessary. Run the engine and recheck the fluid level. With the engine not running, the fluid level may rise above the marks on the dipstick, but this is normal.
All vehicles covered herein use Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) as the power steering fluid. Use DEXRON® III type ATF.