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do you live in high salted areas? If so, My freestyle had the same problem. It's the joint in the steering column (you can see it from underneath the vehicle) Just keep it lubed. I had to replace mine because it had worn out. Expensive. Also, it could be the bearings on top of your front struts. Dirt gets into it and binds it up. Poor engineering designs.

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SOURCE: Transmission fluid,power steering fluid leak cause burnt smell?

The smell you are probably smelling is the fluids that are leaking hitting something hot like the exaust. Unless the leaks are so severe that it takes constant refilling then you should be ok. But be aware that when yu have leaking parts that you must regularly check those fluid levels. Them leaking wont cause major damage, but you not keeping the fluid levels up will. I had a tranny leask in my van for a 1 1/2 and thought it was a expensive fix, but I ended up fixing my leak for about 6 bucks. My point is, check your fluids once a day if not more depending on the severity of the leak.

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Sounds like your pressure needs to be checked for your power steering pump or maybe if that is ok the spool valve seals inside your rack are worn and letting fluid past under pressure.

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I would like to tell you,if you flushed it with new fluid,you would be good to go,but burnt fluid is the result of some kind of damage, that has to be corrected.
The pump my have gone bad,but what concerns me, is that the black fluid,will most certainly take out the steering rack.
When the fluid is burnt,you lost the ability to remove heat. ( I hope you do your trans fluid every 30,000 miles,I used to own a trans repair shop,as well as P/S Fluid)
The growling ,is either a bad pump,a pump under pressure,because the rack is shot and stiff,or now both.
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