Problem Description and Possible Solution
It is common for the high pressure power steering rubber hoses to leak. Our technicians recommend replacing leaky rubber hoses to prevent the loss of power steering.
Average mileage: 127,883 (184–192,000)
20 people reported this problem
Power steering fluid has leaked a quart over the last 8 months. Took it in to a mechanic and they said that it was the pump, high pressure hose, & the rack that all had leaks.
I had a technician a few years ago tell me there was a slow leak, but the fluid topped off high enough under the leak. So, I never bothered with it. The reservoir stayed mostly full, but my car still sounded like a dying cat.
I'm a busy student/full time employee, so I didn't mess with it again. I did regular maintenance, and it never came up again.
This last year, the leak burst. I could hardly steer and was continuously having to fill the reservoir. The fluid made a big enough mess that it saturated the serpentine belt and was causing it to start slipping. So, I had the pump replaced, hoses flushed, and a new belt installed. It held up for a while, but the leak came back and now my new belt is torn.
I'm now on a hunt to find the damn leak so I can put on a new belt, and be done with it all.