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I have a power steering fluid leak. I replaced the return line and the clamps. After re-filling the fluid the steering was fine for a minute and then began to get stiff again and make noise when the wheel was turned. I looked under the car and all of the power steering fluid was on the ground. I am pretty sure that it is coming from the line that connects just below the return line. I think that is the high pressure line but i wanted to make sure before i ordered it. It looks different at Advanced Auto than it does on the car.

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Get a haynes manual at advanced and also ask a counter person-theyr usually knowledgable

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