I have a 98 Outback that's badly leaking power steering fluid somewhere at/near the pump. Stop-leak products have not helped. It'll go several months without the fluid getting unacceptably low, but it drips/pools on top of the engine where it smokes and makes an awful smell, so I need to do something about it.
Since the pump is rather expensive, I want to make sure I know it really needs to be replaced before just replacing it. With it mounted and operational, though, it's hard to see where the leak is coming from and whether it's from inside the pump or just in hoses or even just the fluid reservoir. Are there any good methods for finding the source of the leak? If it is the pump, is there anything that can be done to service it (gaskets etc. to replace) or does it just need a new one?