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Suddenly leaking power steering fluid, reservoir empty

Noticed pink fluid on carport floor, what is it usually when you leak power
steering fluid?

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    power steering fluid leaking from resivour

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The best bet is its trans oil. The gearbox has crushable washers/gaskets, the bolts may just need to be tightened slightly to crush the gasket and seal.

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