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Engine was stuttering, lost power and then steering locked up

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You mean the engine stopped running. so the power steering assist stopped as well. right? start it back up....in neutral
does it run? put it in gear, does it die? might be fouling spark plugs or have any of a number of causes. what year, what engine? what work has been done? these things eat head gaskets and have concerns with many different parts depending what it is. please provide maintenance description as well to get an idea of how its cared for.
do a visual for anything you can see unplugged or forgotten. give a narritive as to what you tried so far and what it did after it cooled down as well

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