Could it be the pressure line of the power steering fluid?

When i was driving i could not barely turn the steerling wheel
My car has an automatic transmission.
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Hello there. Power steering fluid leaks are a common problem with your particular vehicle. When there is a leak in the power steering system, once the fluid level drops too far, the power steering pump is not able to provide assistance and the power steering becomes heavy. The power steering high pressure line is a common spot for a leak. Other common spots for leaks are the power steering pump, the steering rack, the return line, or the fluid reservoir. A qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose your power steering fluid leak and make any repairs required.

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Power steering systems have two hoses: a high-pressure hose and a low-pressure hose. The high-pressure hose is made from a reinforced synthetic compound and the hose fittings are usually double-flared compression fittings.
Power steering pumps require a hose with a vacuum rating of 28 INCHES/HG on the inlet side, and a minimum ½”inside diameter.
In most cases, the port on the gear box that is the tallest and farthest from the firewall is the high pressure line and the port closest to the firewall is the low pressure return line.
You should have the power steering reservoir cap checked to make sure the vent on cap is not blocked. Also make sure the system is bled of excessive air in the system. Once these two things are checked then you should not have any pressure build up in the reservoir.
The power steering pump`s maximum pressure should be set at a minimum of 200 psi above the system operating pressures. For example, if the system`s requirements are a 1000 psi, then the pump`s maximum pressure should be set at 1200 psi or above.
Most power steering systems have two hoses; a low-pressure hose and a high-pressure hose. The high-pressure hose transports fluid from the power steering pump to the steering rack. The low-pressure hose transports the fluid back from the steering rack to the power steering pump.
Power Steering Hose – Low Pressure Return Line (9.5 X 3 mm)
P.S. hoses start to seep over time, usually where the rubber hose is crimped into the metal fitting at the end. There is no fixing this, just go to your local auto parts store and buy a replacement hose and replace it.
Causes of a Power Steering Fluid Leak

Worn seal on power steering pump. Cracked, perished or loose power steering fluid hose. Excessive pressure in power steering system caused by an overfilled reservoir, which could result in blown seals. Wear and tear in power steering rack, particularly the shaft ends and seals.

Power Steering Basics

The impellor rotates in an off-centered cam ring that causes the impellor to draw in and pressurize the fluid. The pump assembly also contains a flow control valve that responds to pressure and volume demands from the steering gear.

A typical automotive or light truck power steering system using recirculating ball, operates at a pressure of between 1100–1300 PSI. Rack and pinion systems require less pressure and can operate as low as 850 PSI.
Common HPS Hose Failure Symptoms

Steering difficulty: Increased steering effort from the driver may be the result of a hose failure. Leaking/low fluid: A loss of steering fluid can totally shut down the HPS system. Leaks can be caused by cracks in rubber hose, broken connectors, or other weak spots in the system.

As long as you stay below the maximum tire pressure listed on the tire`s sidewall (which is different from the recommended pressure), you can overinflate your tires by 10 percent or even more without too much concern.
For regular maintenance and light household cleaning jobs, a light-duty pressure washer will do. These feature PSI ranging from 1500 to 1900 and would be enough to get rid of dirt and mild stains. This is the safest pressure washer PSI rating for all surfaces, but it isn`t ideal for getting rid of tough stains.
While there is no specified lifespan for a power steering hose, they are normal maintenance items and should be inspected regularly. They should be replaced when signs of wear are noticeable, or when a leak develops. If your hoses wear too much, it`s possible that one or more will fail while driving.
Low-pressure power steering hoses are designed with fewer layers and made to withstand less pressure. But, they must have the same resistance to elements found in the engine bay. High-pressure power steering hose assemblies should use a hose that meets or exceeds SAE J2050.
For most high-pressure industrial applications there are two main sizes to choose from – 1/4” (6.4mm) and 3/8” (9.7mm). Note that the larger the ID the easier the hydraulic oil will flow.
A hydraulic hose is specifically designed for hydraulic systems. They convey high-pressure oils or water between the fluid ports of the pumps and actuators, where the oils or water are used to create mechanical movement.
High-pressure power steering hose assemblies should use a hose that meets or exceeds SAE J2050. This standard test puts the power steering hoses and also the fittings through a torture test ranging from 40 to 150 °C (-40 to 302 °F) and 1,500 psi maximum working pressure.
Power steering hoses are ideally hydraulic lines that carry, transmit, or transport high-pressure fluids like oil from power steering pumps to vehicles` steering racks before the fluids return at lower pressure. The advantages or benefits of this process include easier steering and smoother handling of the vehicle.
Power Steering Hoses – There are two main hoses, a high side and a low side. The high side hose brings pressurized power steering fluid to provide power to the steering inputs. The low side hose moves low pressure fluid back to the pump.
For power steering return hose, or low pressure hose, its tube is usually made of NBR and cover is CR for resistance to ozone, light, oils, grease oil and other adverse factors. Its operating pressure usually is up to 150 psi.
Universal Type 2 Power Steering Pump Highlights:

+ 1200 psi factory pressure capacity (what is pressure capacity?)

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

power steering fluid is leaking
ANSWER : With a power steering fluid leak that big, you certainly should have the vehicle inspected as soon as possible to find the exact cause. Any of the components you listed can be the source of the leak. The power steering pump as well as the rack & pinion steering unit rely on the fluid for lubrication as well as cooling. The whining you hear is from the pump when the fluid runs low or empty. Your issue can be caused by something as simple as a fluid hose right now, but continued ’running dry" of the power steering fluid, can result in damage to both the pump and the rack & pinion unit. If that happens, you can take what may be a repair of a few hundred dollars and turn it into a repair of a couple of thousand dollars.

Major Leak of power steering fluid
ANSWER : Hello…it sounds like you have a loose or faulty hose connection. Of course, it is also possible that a coincidental leak developed, for instance in a rusted steel tube on the return side, at the same time that you were doing this repair. A YourMechanic specialist could diagnosis this for you and assist you with the repair of your power steering and inspect your vehicle for leaks.

Could the power steering pressure sensor cause my steering wheel to be hard or hard to steer?
ANSWER : Hello. The pressure switch (or "sensor") on your vehicle supplies a signal to the engine computer to increase engine idle speed as the power steering line pressure increases. If the switch were bad, what you would notice is the engine stalling or idle speed dropping very low as you turn the wheel toward the extreme left or right position.

If the engine is not slowing or stalling when you turn the wheel, then the switch is probably OK. Among the causes of excessive steering effort are very low tire pressure, low power steering fluid or trapped air in the system, damaged or loose power steering belt, and damaged steering rack.

If you would like to have this resolved, a certified professional from YourMechanic can diagnose your steering issue and follow through with needed repairs.

Power steering fluid groaning noise. Power steering leak?
ANSWER : Hello. A groaning noise is an indication of low power steering fluid. If you had your power steering fluid serviced about 5 months ago and it is making a groaning noise again most likely means your power steering pump has gone bad or your power steering leak has going from minor to moderate. I can tell you that Honda Accords are one of the most common vehicles for a power steering pump leak to occur on and require a pump replacement. If not a leaking pump it could be power steering hose leaking fluid. I suggest that you have a power steering fluid leak inspection done otherwise you will have to keep filling up your power steering reservoir until it is fixed.

Very loud pop when turning sharp left leaking transmission or power steering fluid where steering column meet rack
ANSWER : Hi there. If everything else has already been installed from the donor vehicle then it sounds like the high pressure hose is all that you need to install. The hardest part of doing this is the routing. One thing you may also want to double check is that the donor vehicle and your 2003 Escape have the same rack. There are different models depending on the model and the size of your wheels. You need to install the pressure line first, but if it does not line up then you may have the wrong rack installed. If you would like some assistance installing this hose, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to you to [replace your high pressure steering hose]

had power steering pump replaced but power steering fluid is leaking
ANSWER : This suggests that you may have a leak somewhere else in your power steering system such as one of the hoses or the rack and pinion system. As you may know, the power steering system is a highly pressurized system that can have as much as 300+psi of pressure in the system at times, so it is not uncommon for these types of leaks to happen. If you’d like to get this fixed, I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose the leak in your power steering system and make the the necessary repairs to fix it.

Power steering went out completely
ANSWER : Hi there. You might have a blown high pressure hose from the pump to the steering rack. The fluid is getting onto the exhaust system and may pose a fire hazard. I recommend you do not drive the vehicle, for safety reasons, until you have the leak fixed. I recommend you have a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, inspect your power steering system’s leak to make sure what the cause of the failure is.

Gm I need a power steering pump or should I get power steering fluid? I have leaks coming out what should I do
ANSWER : If the power steering pump is leaking then you should replace the pump since it is under pressure and no stop leak will stop it from leaking.