I was just checking the oil level in my 124 diesel, when I nticed the rubber hose that runs from the power steering resivoir to the pump, is moist. It is not dripping and there are no spots underneath the hose. The two metal hoses that connect on either end of the rubber hose are bone dry. Is this just a case of a dry rotted hose, seeping from the inside out? The car has 170K on it.
In addition I checked the owners manual for the proper procedure of checking the PS fluid or any information for that fact on the PS, but I came up empty handed, excep that I need to use MBZ fluid.
What are your thoughts?