Steering wheel groaning

2001 325 iT: When pressure is put on the steering wheel, as in a slow turn, for instance, the steering makes groaning sound. Any thoughts?
HFL

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Low power steering fluid level ...

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Fluid level? --scott
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Others said to check your fluid. If the level is correct the filter in your reservoir is probably clogged. It cannot be changed or adequately cleaned. Buy a new reservoir for about $20 US.
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Thanks, Bob, Scott and Jeff for the advice.
HFK
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Unfortunately, it wasn't low fluid; the $$$ pump had to be replaced. Luckily, it wasn't the rack.
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Ouch, been there done that one before :( Did it progressively make more and more noise before it went or was it a surprise incident?
Everyone, if you haven't done so already, always take regular peeks at your brake fluid, powersteering fluid, coolant, and if you have time, the differential as well (albeit a bit more of a pain and mess to check :( )
oh and obviously oil :D
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Harry Lockwood wrote:

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