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I noticed my power steering fluid was way below the low mark so refilled it. I noticed a month later a small noise coming from my steering wheel, checked the fluid level again and it was low again. What would be the first thing to check as I don't have much money to do an expensive repair. It's a 1989 Honda CRV with 220K on it.

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Check for a leak somewhere, start at the power steering pump and trace the hoses down to the steering box/rack and pinion and the connections. Have somebody turn the wheel back and forth slowly while your looking.

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Check the lines to see if they are wet, you will need to get under the vehicle to see the connections at the steering gear rack.

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Check the high pressure line from the pump to the steering gear (rack) if the hose is good, check the rubber bellows at each end of the rack, if they are leaking oil, the rack will need to be replaced. If you dont have much money, the rack could be put off, but be sure to keep the fluid level full, you dont want to run it dry and ruin the pump. The hose isnt real big bucks, but the rack will be, plus an alignment.

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