1996 BMW 328 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 80400 miles
While driving I heard a some metal kind of noise (like something metal got loose and touching something) for like 15-20 sec and noise subsided and went away when no acceleration; then the battery light in dashboard came on light continueously (may be alternator failure?) ; I was just half mile from home so I drove home and noticed that the steering became very hard (like no power steering) and saw some smoke come from hood; did not see any issues with car running (power/acceration/brakes all work fine) as I drove home; only problem I saw was battery light and power steering failure. I think. The same day I got the car SMOG Tested and car passed with no issues. Is it related to smog test? Etc?
What could be the problem? I will take the car to a mechanic but wanted to get a feel of the problem.
Please help me.
Thanks a lot in advance.
Thursday, January 8th, 2009 AT 10:17 AM