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HELP!! Power steering fluid in radiator!!!!!!

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    Question HELP!! Power steering fluid in radiator!!!!!!

    I have spoken with a local mechaninc who claims to have seen this before and is telling me i need to replace something he calls a power steering cooling tube that has gone bad??? I've checked my guides and haynes manual and can't seem to locate the part i need......any info would be GREATLY apperciated

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    What kind of car and trannie are we talking about here? I suck at guessing man

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    For the parts you might have to go to GM. The power steering cooler is the big part in the radiator hose, in between the motor and radiator on the drivers side. Sorry on pics.
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    Its A Stock 99 Ws6 If That Hepls - Thanks For The Posts So Far - I Talked To My Local Gm Dealership And They Basically Tell Don't Have A Clue

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    Quote Originally Posted by bevenue View Post
    For the parts you might have to go to GM. The power steering cooler is the big part in the radiator hose, in between the motor and radiator on the drivers side. Sorry on pics.
    IS IT ALUMINUM?? PART OF THE HOSE THAT COMES OUT OF THE RADIATOR ON THE DRIVER SIDE AND RUNS BACK BEHIND THE RADIATOR. ALUMINUM PEICE IS ABOUT 8 INCHES LONG??

    THANKS FOR HELP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonesharkpits View Post
    IS IT ALUMINUM?? PART OF THE HOSE THAT COMES OUT OF THE RADIATOR ON THE DRIVER SIDE AND RUNS BACK BEHIND THE RADIATOR. ALUMINUM PEICE IS ABOUT 8 INCHES LONG??

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    Yes, thats the power steering cooler. My guess is something inside is cracked or broken. Although I've never seen how it comes apart. Thats the only way power steering fluid can get into the engine coolant.

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    It looks like just part of the radiator hose until you look a little closer and notice the power steering hoses going to it. I didn't realize this for a while myself until I saw a diagram one day and then went and took a closer look.

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    i don't see any other hoses running to the peice i have located, i'll look again. any other directions as to where to look. thank again for all the help

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    Heres some pics of the power steering cooler.






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    I just went through the same thing with my 01 T/A. The guy who helped me replace the P/S pump decided to bypass that cooler and go with a Transmission cooler instead.

    There's a link off of ProjectTransAm that should help you with this incase you're interested. The car that this was done on is a 98 Z28. I hope this helps.

    http://para.noid.org/pscooler/

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    i REALLY appreciate all the help - i guess i found it, the whole ordeal just seems crazy, being even possible to have power steering fluid pumped into the radiator is nuts!!! hopefully i'll be back on the road soon

    thanks again

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    You are not driving a typical car despite it being a Chevrolet. Not all cars have power steering coolers.

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    Shoot, not even all LS1 f-bodies have the power steering cooler.

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    Really? Which ones don't?

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    Well, mine for one. I'm not sure if it was dependant on year, or options, or what. I think that maybe the ws6 and SS got them for sure but this is kind of a curious question. Anyone know for sure the rhyme or reason for the cars with or without steering coolers?

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    Well I learn something new every day-I assumed because my car had one that all LS1 F-bodies did. My car has almost all the options (missing the power antennae and 6 disc CD changer) so today I learned it has other options I didn't know were optional. Thanks for the info!

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    Just ran across something to deepen the mystery possibly. I have an options list that I copied back in 2001 (before I bought my 2002 Z-28) that lists the power steering cooler as standard equipment in the Z-28. It shows that when you went from the 'base coupe' (V-6) to the Z-28 (LS1) you got the power steering cooler automatically (along with other standard Z-28 stuff). Just thought this was interesting and remembered this thread. Any thoughts?

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    I had the same problem with my 99 WS6. After 3 different pontiac dealers and a lot of loot I was told that a coolant line in the radiator hose had ruptured and thats how my system was getting contaminated. My coolant dipstick looked like it had been dipped in elmers glue.

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    Tony180a,

    How did you go about getting your system cleaned out? Did a simple flush and fill get the job done? Did you do it yourself with a Prestone flush/fill kit or did you take it in to a shop and have it done?

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