Power Steering Out. I put ATF fluid in it. Help!?
Have a question about power steering on 2003 325i. Just recently avoided a car accident and hit the front drivers wheel on a curb. I lost power steering. Wheel does not seem to be bent.
Upon checking this out and trying to figure out why power steering went out, I realized that on a recent trip to San Diego, I stopped and put BMW Transmission Fluid in the power steering reservoir. I took a picture of the bottle of the ATF fluid. I hear that it is ok to put ATF in the power steering reservoir. I need to confirm this.
Did the fluid possibly cause the problem with the power steering, or is it just a coincidence?
Also, where do you suggest me to take the car for a repair like this? I can do basic items and this is outside of my expertise. I have a garage mechanic who has worked on this car for years, but he does not have a lift.
Would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you in advance!