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If there is a leak in steering system, there are several indicators that can go off, which will alert you beforehand. For example, you have started hearing a whirring sound or a siren-like noise coming from the steering pump. This can be because it is running low the power steering fluid. The level of the fluid in the fluid reservoir can drop even if you are topping it regularly.
Or perhaps there are stains on the floor where your car was standing (its usual parking spot) that alerted you that this is not simply a leak from the engine. The position of the fluid leak will be different in both the cases, but an experienced mechanic can tell the difference by the smell and the consistency of the hydraulic fluid and oil.
When the power steering is in its optimal condition (when there are no leaks), the fluid is being pressured by a pump. This pressured fluid helps turn the wheel around by pushing on the pistons that are mounted to the rack. This machine is so intricately designed that there is no room for any failure. If there is one, the effectiveness of the fluid will be lost. If enough fluid is leaking from your car, there will not be enough fluid to pressurize the wheel, which will ultimately lead to difficulty in steering.
There can be several places power steering fluid can leak from. Below are the four most common areas this leak can happen from.
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