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Old 06-25-2008, 12:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Later camaros and the 1LE editions came with the power steering cooler, but wasn't really needed. Wouldn't a cheaper/easier alternative be to replace your power steering fluid with a good synthetic that can take the heat and abuse and last longer while doing it.

Is the power steering cooler mounted up front by the radiator? So thats what, like 3 or 4 radiators up front not including the intercooler. How many can you have before it starts to make your egt's rise because the intercoolers not getting enough airflow, how about you motor overheating. I'm not saying the power steering cooler is going to make a drastic difference, but I'm sure it doesn't help.
Well if GM has made up a kit it probably shows there is a need for a PS cooler in some instances.Low ground speed and high ambient temps have caused people to loss power steering as well as breaking when the fluid overheats.I tow a travel trailer with my family along in the summer months.This upgrade is piece of mind.As well it takes up little room.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:55 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Wouldn't a cheaper/easier alternative be to replace your power steering fluid with a good synthetic that can take the heat and abuse and last longer while doing it.

Is the power steering cooler mounted up front by the radiator? So thats what, like 3 or 4 radiators up front not including the intercooler. How many can you have before it starts to make your egt's rise because the intercoolers not getting enough airflow, how about you motor overheating. I'm not saying the power steering cooler is going to make a drastic difference, but I'm sure it doesn't help.
I did just that but having the cooler just gives you a little bit more cooling which will extend the life of Synthetic as well. I think it's better to have one and not need it as opposed to needing it and not having it.

I think it mounts vertically on the far left side in the front of the Intercooler. I don't think it's more than 3" wide and about 8" tall. It shouldn't affect air flow to the intercooler at all and if it did you wouldn't notice it anyway. I know what you mean about all the coolers in the front of the trucks. You got the Engine oil cooler, trans cooler and Intercooler plus the grill. You'd almost think you had to do 100mph to get any airflow to the rad.

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Yeah, I didn't know it was that small. I'm used to big radiators, like all the trucks at work have. Looks like they've got 3 or 4 tranny coolers in front of the radiator, it just looks cluttered, but that PS cooler looks like it doesn't take up much room at all.
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My reason for installing a PS cooler isn't so much for fluid longevity but more for braking reliability and protection of hard parts. Hot foamy fluid doesn't offer the film protection of cooler and more viscous fluid. With the complete hydraulic system (Braking and Steering) costing right at $900 and knowing that the system runs hotter than normal it's cheap insurance to me. I only consider the extended oil protection an added benefit. As far as price goes two or three oil changes basically pays for the cooler but oil changes won't prevent heat and associated wear.
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Has anybody found out weather or not when ordering if we need the hose kit or not?

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Has anybody found out weather or not when ordering if we need the hose kit or not?

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The cooler arrived today. Everything is included...
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Thank you. Guess its time to order one. Mine wined when getting of the freeway after a long haul towing the 5er. I changed the fluid to syn about 1 1/2 years ago and have not heard a peep out of it, even after the lift and 33'' Toyo's. I just think this is piece of mind for me because if you need syn to stop the whining then you know the system is over stressed and a bad design from the factory. Cheap Ass Gm.....
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Got the Cooler from GM Parts Direct today. Here is a pic so everyone knows what you get in the box

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...ringcooler.jpg
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Got the Cooler mounted. I takes about 20 min to snake it through. You need to find a bolt to mount the side mount to the trany Cooler frame. The threaded hole is already in place. Found a bolt in the garage and all is well. Now for those who have done this I just want to make sure I am plumbing the hoses right. There is a line coming out of the back of the pump that turns to rubber with a hose clamp and goes down to the steering box. I think I take the line off there and put one of the cooler lines to the one going into the pump. Than I think I'm suppose to go to Home Depot and buy a 3/8 barbed union and hook the reaming cooler line to the line I pulled off the pump which goes down to the steering box.

Anybody that has done this please respond if this is correct.

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http://www.dieselplace.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=102840

Found this, I did find the right lines. I am just using a 3/8 barbed union instead of a new fitting on the steering box. Should work fine. I also think the 8.1 part # is the same dang thing and it is cheaper. Go Figure

Anyway one more item GM should have provided from the factory
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