Yea. And it was def open for a while.The front 2 hoses were both cut off at the 90where it turns to go to the radiator. So where they were cut the openings were facing the road straight ahead from under the car. I guess anything couldve traveled up in there. But, When i put a 12 inch hose on the 2 metal lines to send the fluid back I could feel the hose and the metal hot from the fluid running. Unless the fluid was just sitting there hot, not running back and forth. Man, this is kind of a mess because of how hard the job was. So to do it again, then not knowing if the next pump is gonna mess up. And thats if the problem is even the pump. Cant I get to the pump and see if it turns by hand and if not I'd know the pump blew or seized up? To even do that is difficult in these cars. But thats got to be what it is right? The fluid is running around good, i think, and the belt is spinning away nice and fast with no noise. Now I checked the color like you said and it is goldish with a sheen to it. Looks bad. But it was brand new. I poured it right out of a new bottle from Advance that said "power steering fluid for GM, ford and Chrysler". Man, I hate to put another one in before I know if itsw going to sieze up or stop working 10 mins after its running like the other one.