Power steering is really hard to turn

Tiny
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  • 2000 BMW 323
  • 142,000 MILES

I have a 2000 bmw 323i, I made a u-turn earlier and the steering wheel got hard do I need to change my power steering? I was trying to align the car to go straight the steering wheel was hard almost imposible to move. I parked and when I checked under the hood there was a big oil stain on top of the atf cap

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 AT 7:27 AM

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Tiny
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Check the power steering pump fluid level-is it still impossible to move the steering wheel

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 AT 7:35 AM
Tiny
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It is not imposible since I had to drive it home but it is really hard it got a little softer but not as it use too

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 AT 7:55 AM
Tiny
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Check the pump shaft, the possibility of the pump shaft breaking at the pump (and still stay in place) is likely, slack the belt and pull on the pulley, if it pops out, you need a new pump.

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 AT 3:44 AM

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