View Poll Results: Do you run a Power Steering cooler?

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Do you run a Power Steering cooler?

This is a discussion on Do you run a Power Steering cooler? within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I'm thinking about deleting my power steering cooler on my 2000 SS, I know they are prone to fail and ...

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    Arrow Do you run a Power Steering cooler?

    I'm thinking about deleting my power steering cooler on my 2000 SS,
    I know they are prone to fail and would like to address this issue before it becomes a problem.

    The car is only driven on the street, no road course racing and it's stored during the winter.

    I know aftermarket power steering coolers are available but if its not needed, I'd prefer not to use one.

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    My cooler went out so I removed it. It was ok for a little while but I started noticing, while making turns around town or on long back road trips, the steering would start to shutter. I put a rad mounted cooler on and the problem went away. Might not be the case for all, but that's why I replaced the cooler.

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    Thanks for posting your experiences with the PS cooler.
    This is exactly what kind of feedback I'm looking for.

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    Here is a picture of mine, I mounted it on the rad support.

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    I mounted mine on the K-member and steering rack. Was able to utilize the stock hoses and after a touch of trimming on the cooler bracket it fit perfectly. The cooler is held in place with zip ties. I originally had it mounted to the stock K-member, and now it is in the same place on the UMI K-member.

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    I run the stock one but it will be getting replaced with an aftermarket unit eventually

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I mounted mine on the K-member and steering rack. Was able to utilize the stock hoses and after a touch of trimming on the cooler bracket it fit perfectly. The cooler is held in place with zip ties. I originally had it mounted to the stock K-member, and now it is in the same place on the UMI K-member.

    Stock K-member:

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    UMI K-member:

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    Is that cooler from autozone? part # 911009?

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    I got rid of mine,its not like I autocross.

    My TA is built for a 1/4 mile at a time,although I do drive it to the track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.lee View Post
    Is that cooler from autozone? part # 911009?


    I believe it is a Derale - ordered it from Jeg's or Summit.

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    Question, I road race. Is there a particular size of a cooler that I should go with for this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    Question, I road race. Is there a particular size of a cooler that I should go with for this?
    one of those times where bigger is better

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    I keep hearing the coolers "fail". Do they weep, rupture or what? I've got a shutter when the outside temperature is hot and there is leak detection dye in the fluid. I've had the car for 3 weeks but not seeing any leaks with a uv lamp and the fluid level is proper.

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    When the cooler fails you will get coolant in the power steering fluid and vice versa. You may just need to flush out your ps fluid with some new fluid.
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    I've always run the stock PS cooler on our 4th gens and never an issue. So it stays with no plans to remove it.

    I'd like to see pics of a failed stock PS cooler. I'd be willing to bet they are corroded from lack of antifreeze maintanance. That stuff needs changed yearly or it becomes acidic.

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    Something cracked on the inside of mine, luckily I cought it soon enought that it didnt cause any damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpop98ws6 View Post
    Something cracked on the inside of mine, luckily I cought it soon enought that it didnt cause any damage.
    Odd to hear of a crack. Sounds like a vibration issue. Was that hose assembly still in it's support bracket?

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    my car didnt come with one from the factory, i dont plan on running a aftermarket one either. never felt like i needed one. and the car is built for drag racing anyway.

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