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This is a discussion on Power steering within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Ok so in the other thread there was noise. Like a whine. I just checked me ps fluid and its ...

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    Ok so in the other thread there was noise. Like a whine. I just checked me ps fluid and its like a chocolate milk shake color. I flushed it 3 straight times and its still the same.what else can I and should I do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkrider02 View Post
    Ok so in the other thread there was noise. Like a whine. I just checked me ps fluid and its like a chocolate milk shake color. I flushed it 3 straight times and its still the same.what else can I and should I do?
    I believe that you have a PS cooler and it is leaking coolant in your PS system. You need to get the cooler replaced and flush the system completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    I believe that you have a PS cooler and it is leaking coolant in your PS system. You need to get the cooler replaced and flush the system completely.
    What would the ps cooler look like. Where would it be?

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    Not sure what your car is other than a "2002". Certain models, such as the WS6, came with a power steering cooler that attaches to the upper radiator hoses. It is an aluminum tube between the radiator and the engine and it has two lines that run to the power steering system. These units have been known to fail and the higher pressure coolant contaminates the P/S fluid. You should also flush your cooling system as it is likely that P/S fluid has contaminated it as well.

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    Not a huge deal really. You can simply delete the cooler setup and run a full upper hose, or install a small fin and tube type cooler mounted in front of the radiator, or somewhere where it will see at least a little bit of airflow.

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    I suggest to all that have in there rides the stock PS cooler device-to remove it, bypass the tubes that go into and out of it,,,then install a separate fluid cooler and your going to be much happier.

    Once the PS system gets any water into it-its a bitch to totally clean it out of that water.
    Water in any hydralic or semi hydralic fluid system creates other issues.

    Its my believe that the water that leaked out from my cooling system PS cooler device into my PS system was the root cause of the PS pump degradating.

    Perhaps its time for me to take some pics and do a write up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerribleTed View Post
    Perhaps its time for me to take some pics and do a write up.

    I'd like to see this because I do not have the PS cooler, so I have no experience in dealing with it. This will give me some insight and maybe be able to help others.

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    here are some pics of the cooler:


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    Jay you got one? I don't, TG! Seems more issues then benefits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    Jay you got one? I don't, TG! Seems more issues then benefits.
    No I don't.

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    I do. And mine will be coming off this summer. I'd like to see how someone else runs the lines and mounts theirs though.

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    How do u byass it completely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkrider02 View Post
    How do u byass it completely?
    well you take the cooler off and either get a new radiator hose(one piece) or you can get a brass coupling and put the 2 hoses together. The power steering portion, get a coupling and put them together or get a new PS return line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkrider02 View Post
    How do u byass it completely?
    So what I did to my stock PS cooler to bypass it was remove it,,,then blow out all pathways,,,then clean it good,,,then basically smashed the inlet and outlet pathways (where the PS fluid would flow in and out that is) the small holes,,once they were smashed I used high heat solder to melt the holes shut,,

    Then installed the PS cooler back in place,,now its just like a metal pipe used purely to route the coolant..

    Now with the stock PS cooler bypassed I bought a small 8 inch by 12 inch fluid cooler and installed it in front of the radiater on the drivers side with metal zip ties,,and routed the new fluid cooler supplied lines to and from the PS pump connections,,

    Then I added PS fluids and bleed the PS system and added more,,bleed more,,and I can say that this is the best method. The PS pump resevoir used to get super hot to the touch, now after the bypass and fluid cooler install it gets warm to the touch at best,,

    Please note that all pumps create heat due to internal friction...in most cases,,to if you remove or bypass your stock PS cooler,,,then at least spend the 50 bucks and 30 mins or time to install a separate PS fluid cooler.

    I bet the many PS pumps that have gone bad for most drivers have done so due to heat and the leakage that occurs when the stock PS cooler breaks down and allows water to get into the PS fluids,,etc,,,

    ALSO one can do a search to find pics of after market fluid coolers installed on are model cars,,

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