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I got stuck in the snow now no power steering

I got stuck in the snow where i live and now i have no power steering. there are no leaks.

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The power steering pump may be faulty,If the level is full i would suggest replacing the pump to see if it repairs your problem.You'll have borrow a power steering pulley remover to remove the pulley.

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