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mystery red fluid leak
I own a 1998 2.2 liter Legacy station wagon. 190k miles. About a week ago I smelled something coming through the vents, not oil smell but kinda a sweet smell. So, I checked my fluids, and my power steering fluid was quite low...though I have not checked it for several months, so not sure it was low recently or over a period of time. There is red residue fluid on the right passenger side in the front of engine block..mid-lower part..kinda above the oil filter on front of engine. Is this power steering fluid? Or something else? Thus far, oil and tranny fluid full. The red residue indeed looks like PW fluid, but not sure. Also, small red spot in the snow. I did top off the anti freeze two weeks ago in the reserve...but it is still at same level. Oh yes, also a pool of red power steering fluid under the filling container on top of engine too...but has been wet in it that area awhile and never thought much of it until now. Could this built up pool drain down to the engine block and this may be a slow leak that eventually could smell?
I am watching it closely, as obviously will need fixing if leaks bad. I heard this area leaks over time from old PW seals, etc?? It did get VERY cold here in the Northeast past week......but probably no connection. Any possibility this is
an external head gasket issue on the 2.2 liter......still why the red color? Any insight appreciated.