I was pulling out of a parking lot making a sharp turn when all the sudden I lost my power steering. I have a '94 Ford Ranger manual transmission. It didn't make any sounds. I was going to try to keep adding power steering fluid to it and try to get it home to my mechanic in my hometown - but it drips constant liquid when I drive it down the street (you can see drips) so I dont think thats possible. I've read a lot on here about gear boxes failing, but would this cause it to leak even if the truck wasn't running? (the puddle builds quickly when its just sitting there, engine off). I took it to a mechanic (I don't have tools), and they said they can't say anything for sure until they look around, it could be seals which will cost 300 or a new gear box which could cost 800. What do you guys think? Thanks in advance for the help!
The pump has a rubber o-ring around it that the nylon reservoir snaps over. This is likely the cause of your leak. That being said, p/s lines and fittings rust over time and getting them apart to check the pump or replace it, often results in getting new p/s lines as well.