Power Steering Leak?
I know there are tons of posts on this topic in here, but I just wanted an opinion on an issue i'm having with my '06 MO.
Symptoms: 1. Loud noise when turning in both directions; 2. Leaking fluid on underside of the MO (in the middle, right behind the front wheels) on a fitting that connects a hose to a steel tube; 3. Rattling/spinning noise on cold start up that lasts for about 5 seconds (not repeatable until the MO cools down; 4. High pitched noise when accelerating (does not make this noise when revving at idle).
Also, my power steering fluid is below the level the min level, so I assume issues 1 and 2 are dues to a leaking high pressure power steering hose.
See attached picture to see where the leak is. Is this the high pressure PS hose?
For symptom 3, I am thinking might be an issue with a the drive belt system as the sound is clearly coming from that area. Maybe a bad bearing? Again, the noise is only present on a cold start. The serpentine belt has never been replaced, but looks to be in decent shape (Mo has ~ 65,000 miles)
I have no idea what symptom #4 would be, but hopefully its related to one of the issues above.
Any help/opinion would be appreciated. Thanks.