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Front whine when turning left and at whine when starting driving. Power steering and transmission fluid good level.Steering is good. Transmission shifts good. Some fluid on carport located left front of car around left front wheel.

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Whine usually occurs on tight turns maximising pump output and/or pump may be worn and needs replacement. Leakage can be from pump reservor,connection, or power rack and pinion steering assy. Spray off any area with a sign of fluid with a brake clean or carb. cleaner and look for signs of leakage.

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