I bought my -97 Civic two weeks ago. After a week of driving, the power steering started to screech whenever I turned the wheels while the engine was cold (with warm engine the eerie screeching sound was gone).
Naturally I checked the fluids, and steering fluid was below minimum. After adding steering fluid, I noticed that the fuild leaks somewhere below the right hydraulic cylinder. I also noted that the old fluid had burnt odor.
My question is, does an amateur have any chance of locating the leak without a car lift? Whether a lift is needed or not, what are the most common places in Civic where steering fluid leaks occur?
EDIT: the steering wheel turns well when the power steering screeches, so the mechanics seem to work, even with minimal amounts of fluid.