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Old 10-28-2005, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Power steering

whats up all....got a question. The 2000 328CI seems to have no power steering?? I dont see any fluid dropping from the car. I dont hear the pump whinning. Its just hard to turn the steering wheel. Does anyone have any suggestions? could it possibly be the pump? Also, where is the pump located?

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check and make sure the drive belt is connected and not broken, is the battery light on in the dash?

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check and make sure the drive belt is connected and not broken, is the battery light on in the dash?

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The battery light is not on. Is there more than one drive belt? I did check the belt that is on the ac compressor and the alternator however it is tight in the front and i couldnt get under the car at the time i was looking at it. im assuming the pump is located somewhere under the alternator?
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Maybe failed pump

When the pump fails, usually after growling/whining noise for a while, it breaks the pump shaft inside the pump. It is designed to stay together since it has a serpentine belt. If it is really hard to turn then this may be it. I just replaced my pump (330i) and this was the case.
Otherwise could be suspension component like ball joint or control rod, if its just stiff.
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