1997 Jeep Cherokee here.
I drove 120 miles and when I arrived at my destination the power steering and coolant were empty. The wheel was very hard to turn. I refilled the coolant and power steering, and the steering functioned correctly.
I then drove another 120 miles back. The coolant and power steering were nearly gone again, but not empty. The wheel was again hard to turn, even though I still had some fluid left. I refilled the coolant and power steering yet again, but now the wheel is still hard to turn (even after the refill). The vehicle does not leak fluid while stationary.
Have I permanently damaged the steering?
Any insight into the real problem?