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This is a discussion on power steering cooler within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; hey i need some advice on if i eliminated the ps cooler would that damage my ps system like the ...

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    hey i need some advice on if i eliminated the ps cooler would that damage my ps system like the pump or whatever?

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    Yes.

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    y do u want 2 remove the P/S cooler???

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    So he can burn up his pump.

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    i heard that removing the ps cooler doesnt really matter???

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    so whats the difference with mine that doesn't has it? I mean I know that is design to keep the fluid cooler but my pump hasn't burn and it didn't came installed with the car.

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    IMO, if you're going to remove it consider installing one in front of the AC condenser/nose of car.

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    I would say it depends on the car's usage. Mine is a daily driver, doesn't see any road course type driving. My PS cooler developed a leak in the PS fluid portion, so I just bypassed it. Haven't had any problems with power steering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    so whats the difference with mine that doesn't has it? I mean I know that is design to keep the fluid cooler but my pump hasn't burn and it didn't came installed with the car.
    Screw type .....different design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1998ss View Post
    i heard that removing the ps cooler doesnt really matter???
    Knock yourself out guys. I dont care It is there for a reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Knock yourself out guys. I dont care It is there for a reason.
    Yeah, but it's not standard equipment on all LS1 f-bodies. Must be a usable system without it as well.

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    CAn someone recommend an aftermarket powersteerig pump then since those of us without powersterring coolers are at a disadvantage already and help the OP out at the same time?
    I was looking at a flex-a-lite cooler but its actually a tranny cooler. Its rated at 10,000 GVW. 4 pass. would this be ok? how would we go about hooking one in?
    Also saw a B&M stacked plate, would that be over kill?
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    MY Thoughts,,
    If your PS cooler is not leaking yet then do this now-if its leaking already do this now.

    Install a separate fluid cooler to take the place of the stock PS cooler device.
    The PC Cooler that they made sucks due to the simple fact it can leak and then cause you other PS issues. With a PS cooler installed (stock or a new fluid cooler) your PS pump should last much longer. Dont forget the PS pump, any pump has internal friction which will cause heat to build up. Now how much heat damage can occur with out a PS cooler (to dependant on how you drive the car and what temps you drive it at-etc).

    So from experience and FYI. If you have a stock PS cooler in place now it will leak thru and cause you other potential PS pump and Rack and Pinion issues. Imagine your R/P getting water in it. not a good thing. Imagine now that you take the time to stick a separate fluid cooler in place of it. Then there is no way coolant and ps fluid can ever mix. Why GM did it this way is beyond me. Now I know some of you will say its not a PS cooler but a PS heater. what ever. it may work this way for some in ultra cold areas..But I say install a separate PS fluid cooler and be done with it...there only like 40 bucks and can easily be installed in front of the main radiator-no problem on fitments..
    IMHO do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerribleTed View Post
    MY Thoughts,,
    If your PS cooler is not leaking yet then do this now-if its leaking already do this now.

    Install a separate fluid cooler to take the place of the stock PS cooler device.
    The PC Cooler that they made sucks due to the simple fact it can leak and then cause you other PS issues. With a PS cooler installed (stock or a new fluid cooler) your PS pump should last much longer. Dont forget the PS pump, any pump has internal friction which will cause heat to build up. Now how much heat damage can occur with out a PS cooler (to dependant on how you drive the car and what temps you drive it at-etc).

    So from experience and FYI. If you have a stock PS cooler in place now it will leak thru and cause you other potential PS pump and Rack and Pinion issues. Imagine your R/P getting water in it. not a good thing. Imagine now that you take the time to stick a separate fluid cooler in place of it. Then there is no way coolant and ps fluid can ever mix. Why GM did it this way is beyond me. Now I know some of you will say its not a PS cooler but a PS heater. what ever. it may work this way for some in ultra cold areas..But I say install a separate PS fluid cooler and be done with it...there only like 40 bucks and can easily be installed in front of the main radiator-no problem on fitments..
    IMHO do it
    Do you install it on the return line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrownin View Post
    Yeah, but it's not standard equipment on all LS1 f-bodies. Must be a usable system without it as well.
    Friend as I have already said. You are talking two different system designs. One that requires a cooler and one that doesnt. The design engineers didnt put it on the one that requires it cuz they were bored.

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    I took mine off when it broke inside and started mixing coolant and ps fluid, been driving without one for about 6 months and no issues, I do plan on adding an aftermarket cooler at some point though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    Do you install it on the return line?
    Yes my PS cooler is installed on the return line,,
    All I did was run the lines that normally went to and from the stock PS cooler to the new fluid cooler,,,

    >>>to those that have coolant and pc fluid leaking<<<

    better get it fixed..letting her sit with it is just going to cause you more problems later on with other R/P and or PS pump issues.

    Water in teh PS lines can cause lock up,,,rust,,,etc,,or so I am told,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerribleTed View Post
    Yes my PS cooler is installed on the return line,,
    All I did was run the lines that normally went to and from the stock PS cooler to the new fluid cooler,,,

    >>>to those that have coolant and pc fluid leaking<<<

    better get it fixed..letting her sit with it is just going to cause you more problems later on with other R/P and or PS pump issues.

    Water in teh PS lines can cause lock up,,,rust,,,etc,,or so I am told,,,
    Thanks. I already have a tranny cooler that is taking some space. If I ever decided to install a PS cooler I will need to get one that fits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Friend as I have already said. You are talking two different system designs. One that requires a cooler and one that doesnt. The design engineers didnt put it on the one that requires it cuz they were bored.
    Did the z28 and SS come with different pumps?

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