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I beleive the power steering fluid is leaking. The rerve is very low and there are a small puddle of fluids. First, what causes it to leak and is it easy to repair myself or do I need a Mechanic? I have 52,000 miles on the car. Thanks

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The leak can be from the power steering pump, hose or rack. You must visually inspect it to locate the leak. Jack up the vehicle, place on safety stands, block rear wheels, check directly above the puddle of fluid, which could be traveling some distance before it gets to the point where it's dripping on the ground forming the puddle. Get a mirror on an extending handle at a parts store to help you trace the leak to it's source. So, to answer your question, the leak can be caused by a bad (loose) connection, a split in a line, a bad seal, etc. You have to track down the source to determine what needs to be repaired, replaced, or tightened to stop the leak. If you have the tools and determination to fix it, you can. Once you find out where it is leaking (and if it is in fact the power steering) you can post for more assistance, and it would probably be a good idea to purchase a repair manual to help guide you for this repair and future projects.

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