Please help me identify this engine part!

I hope someone can help me. Today while driving my 1991 Hyundai Excel, when turning the wheel left or right it was very difficult, and very noisy. I was close to home so I drove home. After an hour or so I
checked on the car. There was a huge leak of power steering fluid under the car. I assume the power steering pump went out. I added power steering fluid and started the car and I could see the fluid running out of what I believe is the power steering pump. Can someone verify that it is definitly the power steering pump. I took a photo. In the photo I'm pointing at the area that is leaking. (right behind the wheel of what I believe is the pump)
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Can I drive this 3 or 4 miles to the auto shop tomorrow if I fill it with oil before leaving, or should I just have it towed? Could I really screw it up worse if I drive it? Thanks so much for any help! Thank you! Pam
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On Wed, 6 Sep 2006 01:09:05 -0700, Peaches snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Pamela G.) wrote:

Usually just an 'O' ring that has failed in the pump housing.
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Re: Please help me identify this engine part! snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com (irwell) wrote:

Thanks! Do you know if I could drive it 3-4 miles to the car shop or would I be screwing it up worse?
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Pamela G. wrote:

No shop I know would try repairing a failed power steering pump, so the answer would be no.
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snipped-for-privacy@bkbusa.com (ScrewtapeIII) wrote:

Thanks! Would driving it to the shop with no power steering fluid in the system scew up anything else? I'm just wondering if I should just tow it in or not. I hate to spend the $80 for towing, but I would hate it more if by driving it I screwed up something that really costs!
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Pam, just fill it up again before you leave, I dont think 3 - 4 miles will hurt it more. Just BE AWARE that if it all leaks out before you get there it will be like driving a non powwer steering car and you should drive accordingly Be READY for the other driver.
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Thanks! Would driving it to the shop with no power steering fluid in the system scew up anything else? I'm just wondering if I should just tow it in or not. I hate to spend the $80 for towing, but I would hate it more if by driving it I screwed up something that really costs!
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wrote:

Pretty easy to do for any mechanic. The only thing the power steering pump does is make the car easier to steer, can be a hazard if you have to make a sudden turn without it.
Maybe you are too young to remember the days when there was no power steering.
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Fill the fluid resevoir up and drive it to the shop. You'll likely be ok doing so. No one here can give you a conclusive answer since we can't see the car. The picture you provided, while a great thing to have included in your original post, does not provide any information as to how bad the leak is, where it is, etc., so there has to be a certain amount of guess work on the part of folks here giving you an answer.
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I agree with Mike. Just fill it up or even overfill it and drive it the 4 miles. The worst that will happen is you destroy the pump, which the shop will probably try to talk you into replacing anyway, even if an O-Ring would fix it.
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Thank you ALL so much! I will be driving it to the car shop tomorrow. I'll post the cost of repair and details when it's repaired just in case there's possibly someone who's interested.
Mike-- I filled it with power steering fluid last night then started it. I looked underneath and it drips one drop on the ground every 2 seconds.
Irwell-- A few years ago I drove a '74 Ford Capri with no power steering and steering was a big CHORE!!!.....I tried to always be moving if I needed to make a turn as turning from a dead stop was a major workout for the arms!!!
Thank you all!!
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On Wed, 6 Sep 2006 17:03:40 -0700, Peaches snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Pamela G.) wrote:

See the Urologist as soon as possible!!
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That always was the key to turning a non-power steering car. Get moving before turning the wheel. Of course, those older cars had a higher gear ratio in the steering box too.
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