It is very 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: 173,338 (115,000–247,352)
11 model years affected: 1990
, more1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
14 people reported this problem
Was backing car into drive when steering became hard to turn and a hissing sound from engine bay, with heaps of water like fluid running under car. The fluid must had some oil base as it could be seen in the fluid. Opened bonnet and noticed the fluid pissing from the rear side of the engine, maybe the same area as the powersteering hoses, however not sure, what to do and howvto test if that is the real problem.
I have this problem too. The part of the hose near the rack looks like it is very close to the exhause, and the replacement hose that I ordered has a heat shield on the hose where it is near the exhaust, where the original one did not. Maybe the heat has something to do with this. Poor design if you ask me.