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usually the fluid erupting from the power steering reservoir is caused from turning the wheel when the engine is off. super common on fords, there may be nothing wrong with the p/s at all. but that fluid does look torched. might be worth the while to do a fluid swap.
 

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the fueling is calculated by rpm, throttle position, and mass air flow down to the milisecond. any variations that would cause the vehicle to run horribly or potentially damage the cat would throw a code. your power steering fluid probably erupted because it was hot, and the wheel was being turned with the engine off. this happens on a lot of vehicles, the fluid from the rack is forced back into the reservoir and has no where to go but out.
typically things that cause it to die while driving are...
broken timing belt, bad fuel pump, loss of crank signal. since your car is an automatic it should have a tach on the cluster right? you should see the rpm gauge move while cranking if the crank sensor is good.
 
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