I hope this is the right area for this post.
I bought a 95 Ford Crown Victoria LX from a friend. It just recently passed 200K miles. It has a lot of issues, but the serious pressing issue right now is the Power Steering Leak.
I can put in half a pint of Power Steering Fluid (with stop leak even) and after only an hour or 2 of driving with around 4 stops of about 30 minutes each, I pull into my driveway fighting my car to turn. The leak has gotten that bad. It wasn't always that bad, but it has gotten much worse. I leave GIANT puddles in my driveway. Doesn't help my driveway is sloped. My engine is COVERED in power steering fluid around where the hoses leave from the power steering reservoir.
I am fairly certain it is the hoses that are leaking, however I am no mechanic in any form or fashion, so I can't be certain. I do have a mechanic friend, but he has serious health issue, so it is difficult to get his help.
Therefore, I am here asking for your help. I have looked at it, and I am fairly certain I saw liquid oozing out of one area in the pipe, here is the best picture I could find of the hose, or a similar one, and circled where the leak seems to be. I can't seem to find what this hose is, or where to buy one.
(Sorry about the link in it, I found this image on some tutorial for a 97 crown vic)
Additionally, is there any temporary fix for a leak? My mechanic friend said that I could use Transmission Fluid instead of Power Steering Fluid, but I googled and they said it could kill my engine. So I want extra opinions here.
Thanks for any help you can provide.