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This is a discussion on Power steering fluid cooler within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Originally Posted by Cutlass I think its a handling upgrade. If your auto cross racing, you're really gonna heat up ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    I think its a handling upgrade. If your auto cross racing, you're really gonna heat up the fluid.
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    Sorry, guess I should have mentioned that little detail. I was referring to auto crossing, road racing.

    In day to day driving the PS cooler is not a necessary item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    Sorry, guess I should have mentioned that little detail. I was referring to auto crossing, road racing.

    In day to day driving the PS cooler is not a necessary item.
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    I boiled the fluid in my pump during a test and tune auto cross day even with the cooler! So it's really needed for the big tires. I went to a turn one pump after that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beach cruiser View Post
    I boiled the fluid in my pump during a test and tune auto cross day even with the cooler! So it's really needed for the big tires. I went to a turn one pump after that day.
    That's another good point. They do make better PS pumps geared more towards road racing, that also help to keep fluid temps more reasonable.

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    I found some fluid in my radiator which looked to be power steering fluid. Tearing appart the radiator I observed the Power Steering Cooler which I hadn't paid attention to before. Could this be the problem, bad gasket? If so, does anyone know where to buy parts (either a new cooler or gasket), because I can't seem to find anything.

    I know people have said to "bypass it" in other posts, but I just cut up a new red hose kit to fit with the cooler. And I really don't want to waste more money replacing that expensive hose.

    Thanks for the help.

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    No gaskets. You just need a new cooler. GM will sell you one
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    You will need to flush both the P/S system and cooling system. I removed our P/S cooler years ago and replaced it with a small tube and fin cooler mounted to the K-member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    You will need to flush both the P/S system and cooling system. I removed our P/S cooler years ago and replaced it with a small tube and fin cooler mounted to the K-member.
    This is the way to go. Replace your cooler with an aftermarket finned cooler (Jegs, Summit, etc) and replace your current hoses (2 pieces) with a single hose for a 1998-2002 without the factory cooler. Flush both systems thoroughly.

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