I have to keep a bottle of power steering fluid in my car at all times because it starts making a grinding noise.
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.
Leaking power steering fluid
Now the wheel locks at times
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.
Started up one morning just came pouring out