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Old 07-11-2011, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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!
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If the pump was built like mine on my 2000 323, it could be the blades on the pump. Mine completely came of the shaft. Not sure if that's the issue here but it's a thought you might consider if you're stumped. It took me only about 2 hours to change with just basic tools and cheap floor jack.
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