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Power Steering Cooler? Best aftermarket?

This is a discussion on Power Steering Cooler? Best aftermarket? within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; As many of you probably have had to do, I had to bypass the crappy power steering cooler (in the ...

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    Power Steering Cooler? Best aftermarket?

    As many of you probably have had to do, I had to bypass the crappy power steering cooler (in the upper radiator hose) on my 99 Z28 because it was leaking coolant into the power steering system. Now I have a new power steering pump on it with no cooler. It works fine this way for a while but then does warm up and make a little noise. I'm looking for some suggestions on the best fitting and budget priced power steering cooler that doesn't stick out like a sore thumb... thanks!

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    Really? No replies?

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    Imho bypass it and forget it.. If the pump you got is a remanned PS pump then it will likely make noise no matter what.. Remanned = built with Chinese/Mexican internals...

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    I have looked at a couple of different aftermarket coolers and will probably purchase a Derale for our car. They appear to all be a semi-universal setup from what research I have done. As of yet, I have not found an F-body specific cooler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    I have a stock one if you want it.

    Stock, as in upper hose style? That's what I'll be replacing simply to avoid contaminating my cooling system if it fails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Stock, as in upper hose style? That's what I'll be replacing simply to avoid contaminating my cooling system if it fails.
    Correct.

    I'm going manual steering to eliminate one more fluid under the hood, as well as reducing weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Stock, as in upper hose style? That's what I'll be replacing simply to avoid contaminating my cooling system if it fails.
    I pressure tested mine yesterday, 122k miles still ok, although I did spray it out with hp air since my coolong system is filled with dex cool sludge.

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    If you plan on driving your car for extended high rpm periods at all I'd definitely get a good aftermarket power steering cooler. I did a track day on a road course this weekend (New Jersey Motorsports Park, Lightning) and came to find out that our cars, v-8 fbodies have a problem with handling high power steering fluid temps when I sheared the dipstick, spring and the washer that lock it into the pump right off the cap. That and my pumps also busted now. I'm on the search right now for a good cooler so I'll stay posted. After all though, it was totally worthit even with a stock suspension aside from good brake pads, 18s, and subframe connectors, I was cruisin around that track.

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    Ok so I ran into the same prob with my 98 ss I just gat a uni ps cooler but what did you do with the upper hose???

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSohiostate View Post
    Ok so I ran into the same prob with my 98 ss I just gat a uni ps cooler but what did you do with the upper hose???
    Replace it with a non-cooler hose.

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    yeah whats up with that dex cool sludge does it clog ower radiators too?


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