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No power steering

Hi I was backing up and I ran over a rather large hard chunk of snow and I couldn;t remove it so I drove a short distance until it let loose from under my car. About two hours later and 15 miles I lost my power steering. I dont know what steering hose it is and I hope it isn't the pump. The car is a 97 Pontiac Grand Am. It is a 6cyl.and it is a GT. The car has the variable assistance power steering system and the alternator cooling duct.Can you tell me if I will need to have a garage fix this or is it a easy fix. I have some experience in car repair but not alot.Thank you, Sharon

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You need to put the car up on axle stands or ramps. Look for a lose or missing power steering belt, fluid leaks from hoses and fittings. You should check the fluid level first since you can do that from under the hood. Look up online repair guides to see if you want to try it yourself or take it to a garage.You might be able to fix leaking fittings by simply tightening them. So it's worth a try if you have ramps or axle stands.

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