Power steering fluid every where and is leaking from, top of the gear box?

  • 2000 FORD F-350
  • 90,000 MILES
My truck is a supper-duty with a suspension lift kit and big tires. Last night while maneuvering around the pump at the gas station I lost power steering. When I got out I found red color fluid all over the floor and even splashed up onto the battery, a guy at the gas station said its because the big tires are a lot harder to turn and that created a lot of pressure and blew the gasket in the top of the steering gear box. Looking closer I found that the fluid is leaking from under the plate in the top of the steering gear box, I also found that the brakes became very hard to push. Why did this happen, what needs to be replaced, and how do I prevent it from happening again? How do I fix and prevent from happening again?
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Sunday, February 26th, 2012 AT 3:40 PM

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It sounds like the O-ring on top of the gearbox blew out. I've never heard of big tires causing this. You could put a larger pulley on the power steering pump to reduce the pressure it produces.
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Sunday, February 26th, 2012 AT 5:12 PM

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