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The power steering on my 04 endeavor seems to be going or gone. Difficult to turn and makes a whining noise when I turn. I added fluid not to long ago, fixed it for a bit but not very long. Could it be the pump? What else could it be.

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Sounds like the pump is gone or you have a hose leaking

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