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I put brake fluid in the power steering cup, I did not start the car at that time. When I realize what I did I withdrew the brake fluid from the cup and put in the right power steering fluid. So now the power steering is making noise when I turn and fluid is always low.

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Drain out the fluid again and refill with the right fluid. Run the engine and operate the steering several times, drain it again. Do this about four times, that should get most of the brake fluid out. Put in a bottle of Wynn's steering fix and top up the system and hope that you caught the problem in time. Good luck.

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I agree with Hans solution. In addition, start the car with it in park and emergency brake on, remove the filler cap. Turn the steering all the way in both directions several times. If there is any air in the system, it should be relieved. This can also cause noise in the system. In order to drain the fluid you will need to determine which hose is the return line. This will need to be disconnected in order to drain the existing fluid while, the car is running. Be prepared to catch the old fluid in something. I would not recommend trying to disconnect any hoses going in or out of the rack directly. If necessary, disconnect the return hose at the pump. Those at the rack may be corroded and a real tough time to get out.

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