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When bonnet is up and the engine running, the car is running fine but the steering wheel is very stiff when trying to turn it. the 2 belts which are visible beside the engine head stop running when tring to turn the steering wheel, and the battery light and another light (i dont know what it is!) on the very left of the dash comes up, if i release the steering wheel the lights go off. i was told it could be the fan belt or steering belt but any of the belts i can see look fine. i was also told it could be the power steering pump..? i had to abandon the car overnight so any help before retrieving it would be greatly appreciated..

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Your power steering pump is locked up.

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