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Power Steering Hi Exps', I personally have a problem with my BMW 328i E36 1995, I have taken it to 3 different people for checking including Bavarian Motors Midrand. My steering was making a loud screeching noise when I was turning the steering and it sometimes sounded like springs pulling and relaxing, and sometimes the steering would be very tight and sound as if it would lock, and then be quiet again, continuously, and the last time I drove the vehicle it started making a strange loud deep noise from the engine, then I started panicking. The first opinion at Bavarian Motors was that I should have the ATF Fluid replaced, I had one of the Bav Techs help me with this and the vehicle was quiet for a few seconds and the steering was great, then either the pump started leaking or one of the pipes, it was unconfirmed as there was a lot of ATF fluid everywhere when we were changing it - The fluid was also BLACK in color. The second opinion was that one of the pipes were burst - feeding pipes - can these break without having an accident? Third opinion was Pump replacement I am looking at about R6 059.00 excl vat and installation for this and would like it to be fixed properly and correctly what would you suggest and how do I test?

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    also my fan is stuck and thus the fan turns with the engine speed, could this be the cause of not having a heater in the cold wet winter mornings?



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Hi I have a BMW 330 2002 and there is a problem with the steering. The cars moves excessivly when the tarmac on the road is uneven or if moving from lane to lane and going over white lines
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The stuck fan will not let the car heat up as fast as should.if fluid is black it is overheating becoming burnt.if you over filled pump it will spray out also need to clean and find leak sounds like you have a bad pump

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