Thank for the help my friends! That explains why my oil is full and the steering fluid has gone down to HOT MIN.Looks like it, based on what I see on my 07. The wet part is the pinion shaft coming up, out of the rack. The top end of the wet part is probably the lower clamp of the double u-joint on the steering column shaft.
My steering wheel has always been very stiff, perhaps due to this, dunno.
Any recommendations for further steps? How long can I wait with this repair if I continue topping off the fluid?
Also, what is typical cost of repair?