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Old 03-20-2008, 06:05 AM
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Power Steering Cooler

Ok so it was time to flush the fluid anyways so I decided to add a cooler. Nothing like boiling ps fluid at a drift day in 100 degree weather

So you can just go to Advanced Auto (or whatever stores yall have) and pick up on of the transmission coolers, the smaller one will do for $25

Then have them cut you about 8ft. of line, just to be safe. It is 3/8in. to be exact.

First your going to jack up the front of the car and remove the front wheels, make sure your using jack stands..

Once the car is ready u are going to want to remove the lower hard line shown here

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I just used a normal oil pan to catch the fluid. Once open then remove the top from your ps steering reservoir. then make sure u have the key in and turned so that the steering wheel can move freely. Now either have someone turn the steering wheel back n forth for you, or do what i did and just grab the rotor/brake calipers and turn it yourself until fluid stops coming out. Once that is done close the hard line back up

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ok so now you have to disconnect the hose from your return hard line to the ps reservoir

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Now figure out where you want the ps cooler to go and cut your hoses appropriately.. it helps to connect them to the ps cooler prior to mounting..i mounted mine first and it was a pain in the *** to get the hoses on (atleast in my location)...now u just obviously run a hose from the hard line to the cooler and then out the other end of the cooler to the ps reservoir, heres pics

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Once all hoses are tightened down ect then begin filling the reservoir, make sure you get a good amount in and have someone turning the steering wheel from full lock one way to full lock the other way..then turn on the car and continue the process till there is no bubbling and it wont take anymore fluid..cap it off and put the car back together and ur ready to go!

and u can see it peeking out where the blinker is supposed to be

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also i might add, be sure to use ATF and not power steering fluid

total cost with fluid, hoses, and cooler is about $50

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Old 03-27-2008, 05:09 AM
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good stuff brosive.
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Im a little confused, why use auto tranny fluid over power steering fluid? Does it have a higher temp range?
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:49 PM
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says so in the fsm...run ps fluid and watch ur pump go to crap and begin to leak everywhere..theres a lot of discussion on it but im to tired to look any up

but yea straight from nissan it says run atf
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Oh crap, no wonder why that pump had so much build up... Dude, thanks for letting me know, otherwise I would be looking to buy a new pump! LOL

So you got the tranny cooler and hoses for about 50 bucks? Sweet deal.
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Old 03-28-2008, 09:28 AM
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yea man no prob, i had the same prob too until i did some researched and realized not to use ps fluid
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I vote this be sticky for the cooler and the life saver info on the PS pump!
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