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Noticed a small leak- not sure if oil or power steering fluid (light brown). Couldn't find source of the leak but appears to be somewhere in between the PS pump and timing belt on passenger side. 2006 Tacoma-

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Put a colored dye in the systems and a week later check it with a black light go to napa and ask from the dye...it might be air in the power steering pump try turning the wheel a couple of times..

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