So to start off I'll give a quick example of what's going on first, then break down into what I plan to do/change.
My issue at hand is a teeth grinding, worrisome whining that is emitted from the engine when I turn the steering wheel in either direction. Funny thing is it wasn't doing this a few days ago (when it was a bit warmer) even after sitting out in the cold, yet just after it snowed today it started to whine. I haven't been able to test it completely yet and see if it gets better after the engine warms up, but just wanted to see if anyone would know off the bat what the issue(s) could be that causes this whining.
A possible problem that might attribute to this is the boot on the front-right side of the steering rack is torn and on the inside it looks like it could be leaking power steering fluid, but another kicker here is my fluid levels are fine. I talked to my auto shop teacher who I have worked with before on some of my family's cars and he has suggested that I should replace the entire rack. If this is the case would anyone happen to know where I can get a new steering rack? Most of the ones I've found after a quick search have been either used or re-manufactured :\
I'll post updates later tonight when I get off work and can drive the Subaru around town.