Q: power steering belt, power steering wheel

asked by on

I think my power steering belt broke because it's hard to turn my steering wheel.

Hello, One of the pleasures of driving a newer car is the comfortable steering. When it suddenly becomes too difficult to turn your wheel, that can be an alarming feeling! There are a few different possibilities as to why your BMW is hard to turn and a broken belt is certainly one of them. However, because there is only one belt that runs all of your accessories, namely the alternator and the air conditioner, if the belt had broken, your BMW would have stopped running very shortly after due to the alternator not charging. I do not believe this to be the case, since the only concern stated was a problem with the steering. Therefore, it is likely to be an issue found with either the BMW’s power steering pump or the rack & pinion steering gear itself. These are both concerns that need to be brought to a friendly certified mechanic for proper inspection and diagnosis of your issues .

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. power steering belt, power steering wheel

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How often is it necessary to change power steering fluid?

Unless there is a maintenance specification in the Factory Service Manual for your specific vehicle, it is not "required" to change the power steering fluid. However, it is wise to change the fluid at a reasonable interval because power steering...

Q: Is it illegal to remove the stock steering wheel for an aftermarket one in Illinois?

Since this involves something that is a matter of a safety, we are not allowed to definitively comment on whether or not this would be illegal. You will need to check with your state's transportation safety department with regard to...

Q: Passenger side door panel works, but driver side doesn't

You may have a bad window switch or motor and regulator. You will need to have it tested for power to motor in the door. If it has power then replace motor.

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.