Power Steering Fluid Leak
When I got home yesterday, my wife Liz told me that the car made a strange whining sound when she turned left and it got louder the sharper she turned. (While replacing the serpentine belt last week, I had noticed what looked like oil leaking on the ground and resolved to get an idea what was wrong later this weekend.) So, I quickly jumped to the conclusion that the "oil" I had seen was power steering fluid and checked the fluid level first thing (8:30pm).
Sure enough, the fluid level didn't even register, so a quick trip to the parts store (since I didn't have any left at home) and I refilled the reservoir for a temporary fix until this weekend, when I can get it up on ramps/jacks to clean up the area and diagnose whether I have a bad supply (pressure) hose, return hose, or bad seal in the pump. As far as I know, these are the first three items to check. I prefer that it be the return hose as that'* the simplest to replace.
If anyone has any suggestions or heads up info, let me know. I'll keep you all posted once I get to it.
Mike: 1997 SE w/ 183K, aka White Horse
, Gutted Airbox w/K&N, drilled 180* t-stat, tint all around, clear corners w/SilverStars, "PONTIAC" light up tail, PEMs, NGK TR55s