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Power steering leak

My power steering fluid is constantly leaking till empty. What could be causing this. The car is a 10 yr old cavalier. thanking everyone in advance!!

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If you live in a rust belt state.Check power steering line going to steering rack it have rusted through causing the fluid loss

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