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Any one useing a Steering pump Cooler??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Burt4x4, Feb 9, 2001.

  1. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    Hey gang, anyone running a steering pump cooler.
    Are they nessisary on our rigs? I am replacing my fluid and was thinking about adding a cooler not only to keep the harware cooler but to also increase the fluid capacity.
    What do ya think, keep in mind I do use my rig for slow crawlin type of wheelin and I can remember during the summer that the steering box gets very warm on the trail..??

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    Yes, Perma-Cool makes some coolers with or without AN fittings. The lower temp will help to extend the seal, hose and pump life. You can check them out here.
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.perma-cool.com/Catalog/Cat_page15.html>http://www.perma-cool.com/Catalog/Cat_page15.html</A>

    Hope this helps,
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  4. 85m1009

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    I'm running a hydraulic winch off of my power steering pump. I installed a basic transmission cooler in the return line and it has been working great for over three years.

    Steve Frisbie

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  5. Burt4x4

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    Cool thanks guys!
    So you can use one of thoes frame rail types made for tranies for the power steering? Does the hose size need to be the same?

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  6. Shawn

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    I just purchased a small power steering cooler just like KJ suggested. With the Rock Ram in the front, I thought it wouldn't hurt. My previous AGR box ran hot for some reason (could of been air).

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    The generation of Dodge trucks before the current one (don't know the years) have cool little tube&fin coolers right by the steering box. Looked to be like 3"x6"or so, very compact. You could probably find on in a junkyard.
    OR, you could get one of the tubes off a newer front-wheel-drive car. Just a long U-shaped hardline run across the grill/airscoop/whatever-they-call-it opening. My 93 Plymouth Laser and my 97 Mitsu Eclipse both have one of these. Just clean them out real good with some solvent and air, should be good!

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    I've been thinking of doing this also i'm not sure which one i'll use yet but i've found them on a ford maverck and the dodge p/u also there is a aluminum one that will hold about 1qt more. you can also try summit racing an jeg's both will have coolers for this.

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    i've been meaning to ask someone with a hydraulic winch to see if it would be worth my money. I like the 10500 Mile Marker and the Ramesy platum 9500 (the new one as a bigger motor) if you get time let us or me know thanks

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    I've been running a Milemarker 10500lb 2 speed winch for over 4 years with no complaints. I am however going to convert to a dedicated belt driven hydraulic pump to speed it up for competition purposes. I know a lot of people don't care for hydraulic winches and there are pros and cons to each one. I stick to what has worked and will continue to work for my style of wheeling.

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    I run the return line front the box though the Trany cooler that was in my Replacment Rad. Befor doning this I replaced the pump every year or so and the fluid would get burnt after a hard day of wheeling. Now the fluid never gets burnt and the pump have stoped going though seals
     
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    I've got one off a 90 Dodge 1 ton. Never had a leak, and it was only 5 bucks at the local boneyard.
     

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