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I acquired a cooler for my power steering pump...now what?DONE!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stallion85, May 31, 2004.

  1. stallion85

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    I've been having problems with my power steering pump overheating while wheelin recently. A few guys have suggested putting a cooler into the mix. I got a small tranny cooler from my Dad's parts pile /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Which line do I hook it up to and how did you guys who have one hook yours up /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif I reckon I will put it right in front of the radiator and just run the lines down the frame? Any help would be appreciated /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

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    I got the cooler from my Brothers 700rf he justed scrapped for an SM465 /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I got 4 ft of 5/16" fuel line, cut the metal hose from return line and bent it at an angle. It crimped on me a litlle but has not posed a problem so far. I then used the other cut end and moved it at another angle....zipped tied it all together and it is done. I know zip ties are kind of redneck engineering but I used them to just get it in place and test it out. What else could I use? I was thinking safety wire or something /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif So far it has worked out great no more overflow from the pump and no more whining!!
     
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    Re: I acquired a cooler for my power steering pump...now what?

    low pressure return lines.
     
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    Re: I acquired a cooler for my power steering pump...now what?

    Exactly, and use oil rated hose, not vacuum hose. Routing is personal preference, just keep tight but not pinched off and away from anything moving. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Re: I acquired a cooler for my power steering pump...now what?

    The low pressure side is the one that's held in place with hose clamps. The high pressure side has crimp fittings holding the hose in place, to deal with the high pressure. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

    I would buy enough hose to just throw away the old low pressure hose. Then plumb in the new hoses and route them to the cooler. I like to use short sections of heater hose, split lengthwise and slipped over the cooler hose, to prevent the cooler hose from rubbing against the hole it's routed through in the core support. I just use tie-wraps to hold the heater hose sections in place. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. stallion85

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    Thanks for the tips, hope I can get to it today. I will post some pic's when I am fininshed /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    ttt
     
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    Re: I acquired a cooler for my power steering pump...now what?

    If you're using fuel hose you need to fix that immediately. You need to use power steering return hose or transmission cooler hose.
     
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    What's the difference?
     
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    Re: I acquired a cooler for my power steering pump...now what?

    I have a metal coat hanger holding mine in place. Ran out of bailing wire to do it but hey it works. Autozone has some clips that fit through your radiator and the cooler to hold it in place. Hvae some of those holding my electric fans on.
     
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    What's the difference?

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    Fuel hose is not made for the heat or pressure of a hydraulic system.
     
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    I have a metal coat hanger holding mine in place.

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    That's awesome!!!!
     
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    Thanks Tim.
     
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    Autozone has some clips that fit through your radiator and the cooler to hold it in place. Hvae some of those holding my electric fans on.

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    You need to toss those clips in the trash before they wear holes in the cross tubes of your radiator. /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif Right now the weight of the fans is pulling the clips down against the tubes. Between the vibration of the fans and just driving in general, they'll soon chew through the tubes. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
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    Re: I acquired a cooler for my power steering pump...now what?

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    Fuel hose is not made for the heat or pressure of a hydraulic system.

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    I'm gona have to second Tim here. The fuel line will break down in a year or two and get all gooey and weird. It's a good enough hose to use for a temp fix but eventually it will fail. Your install looks good though. I think I will put one on my pump too. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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