Since my front anti-roll snapped, went to the local Pick-N-Pull for another front anti-roll bar. So as I drive out, I have the steering wheel in full-lock for at least 30 seconds. (Later on, I find out full-lock should only be done for 5 seconds or less. Well, that's what the owner's manual said)
Yesterday out on the freeway, on one of the flyover ramps, I notice the steering felt slightly heavier than usual. So I pull over at the nearest exit.
Exiting and then making a hairpin right, I realize the steering is extremely heavy at low speeds. At the fuel station I stop at, I notice smoke coming out from under the hood. I pop open the hood and notice something is burning up at the headers. I look in the power steering fluid levels and it's at bare minimum. At this point, I realize it is puking ATF (since the power steering as you guys know uses ATF) out all over the undercarriage (I just don't know exactly where from, maybe a leak in the lines?). Unusual thing is, there was still some ATF leftover in the power steering. It was below the min line, and thankfully, as long as I kept the revs over 2500 RPM to 3000 RPM, the steering was "acceptable".
So I drive home going sort of slow (afraid of anything else to go wrong), hazards on and all. Thankfully, I have a manual transmission so I had the option of revving the engine up to a decent amount to get the power steering to barely work. As I was driving home, the power steering got slightly harder as the time progressed.
I find it odd that there's still fluid left while the rest just came out. What could this possibly be? I'm a total noob to this stuff since this is my first car...
EDIT: Just tried filling it up with more ATF and it leaks right out (fluid level rises as I fill, then recedes back to what it was)... I looked underneath and it looks like it might be leaking around the steering rack, what the hell?! I hope this is an easy fix, I'm tired of having to pay a mechanic (or the stealership) service my vehicle...
Edited by AWDfreak, 20 August 2010 - 03:25 PM.