Power Steering Fluid Leak From Pump, Hose, or Steering Gear on Lincoln MKZ

The power steering may leak fluid at the pump, hose, or steering gear. This can be caused by one or more hoses not being clamped tightly enough. The repair involves adding new clamps and seals to the power steering hoses at the pump and steering gear.

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Average mileage: 82,881 (6,000–192,000)
5 model years affected: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, more2012
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2010 Lincoln MKZ 6,000 mi,
Makes humming noise when the steering is turned, even very slightly, particularly in the morning and when the weather is cold. I was told that power steering hose and perhaps pump would need to be replaced.
2011 Lincoln MKZ 26,000 mi,
Power steering leak and nav software issue
2007 Lincoln MKZ 61,000 mi,
Same noise. Steering wheel sounds odd when turning slow.
2007 Lincoln MKZ 115,000 mi,
My 2007 edge loses power steering fluid about every 3-4 days. Wet underneath but don't see where it comes from. The pump the best I can tell is dry.
2007 Lincoln MKZ 169,859 mi,
Just yesterday my Truck started making widing noises, I checked the fluid noticed it was bone dry, Put some in. Now I noticed the sounds are starting to come back
2010 Lincoln MKZ 96,235 mi,
Just started making a noise from the power steering system like it is low on fluid but it is full
2008 Lincoln MKZ 192,000 mi,
Replaced condenser, pump, pump line kit, etc. where else can it be leaking from? I have pulled everything apart don't know what else to do. Even replaced all lines. It leaks on passenger side and it is a steady drip. Nothing casual about it.
I have a 2012 Edge. A bad whining noise coming from the power steering pump developed in Dec 2014 right when the weather got really cold. The fluid level was a couple of inches below the MIN line. I added fluid and the whine went away. I can see now that the fluid level is going down after 2 weeks.
2011 Lincoln MKZ 33,600 mi,
Ford edge same as MKZ, noticed fluid is dark and level is halfway between low mark and bottom of reservoir, so is significantly low. More importantly, I purchased the car as CPO 4 months ago and level was ok.
2007 Lincoln MKZ 60,000 mi,
noise when steering