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Hello. My name is ***** ***** I will be helping you today. I know it seems obvious but the first thing I have to ask is is the power steering fluid full?
If the fluid is in that bad of shape you need to first flush it then replace the pump. These are tricky to get the air out.. when you replace it it helps to run it while applying vacuum to the P/S reservoir to bleed the air out.
Its not real common on these but it does happen. Contaminated fluid is hard on seals. Do you actually see a leak or just signs that it has leaked?
Its not very likely. Is there a chance someone put brake fluid in the power steering pump?
Well if fluid sprayed out under high pressure and it is full I think its safe to assume SOMEONE topped it off. If that wasnt you then as you said anything is possible.
Either way it really doesnt matter much at this point. The fluid is contaminated and needs flushed then the pump needs replaced. The hydroboost was obviously leaking so it needs replaced as well.
I havent seen it on this particular vehicle. Hydro boost failures are not at all common on the newer fords. Brake fluid in the power steering pump would explain it all. I have seen that a handful of times and it will wreak havoc on the whole system. If that is in fact what happened I wouldnt be surprised to see the rack leaking too when you get it all back together. I would definitely warn them of the possibility.