2001 BMW X5 Heavyy and Stiff Steering

Tiny
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  • 2001 BMW X5
Steering problem
2001 BMW X5 V6 Wheel Drive Type unknown Automatic 101594 miles

Recently, I noticed that my power steering has diminished. It takes two hands to turn the car either to the right or left. I checked the power steering fluid and there was enough but it was brown (if that means anything) so what do I do? I was thinking either new pump or steering rack?
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Thursday, December 6th, 2007 AT 8:27 PM

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Tiny
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Power steering fluid is DEXRON ATF and is supposed to be red, bright red. If it is brown, you may have diagnosed the problem(very good work mate!) As a fluid issue. Try replacing the fluid. Repost if that does not help. Dr. Hagerty
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Thursday, December 6th, 2007 AT 10:35 PM
Tiny
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I checked the fluid again in the daytime, turns out it is bright reddish. (Sorry im an idiot) I guess now only things are steering rack and power steering pump. How do I know which is bad?
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Friday, December 7th, 2007 AT 7:35 PM
Tiny
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Is the steering rack leaking? Pinch the boots and feel for fluid inside or poke a small hole in one of them
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Friday, December 7th, 2007 AT 8:58 PM

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