thanx kidong. it's taken about 3 months to go from "max" to "min" level so i guess i'll just invest in a bottle of power steering fluid every year or two until it gets really bad and drinks a bottle every 6 months!!
When mine went it was the seal on the pump shaft. Seal didn't cost too much but getting the pump out was a real work of art. It didn't go out untill about 260,000 miles. You will notice drips in your drive way.
Try looking at the return line for the pump. I had a costly error in my part. I went to the Stealership and they changed out my rack.
I found out latter it was this return line hose which only cost $54.00.
After I took a few hard front end hits in a rally mine was leaking where the steering colum enters the rack, about a bottle a week worth. I put a bottle of Lucas Stop leak in the resevoir and I have not had a problem since.