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Old 06-17-2010, 04:33 PM
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Default Power Steering Cooler

I've got a power steering fluid leak out of the cooler. I've heard you can just bypass the power steering cooler and it won't cause any harm.

What I'm wondering is, is it going to hurt my truck to bypass the cooler, and can anyone tell me how to do this?
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:14 PM
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Here's a picture of the cooler and an arrow showing where the leak is obviously coming from. The way I was talking about bypassing it was to get rid of the cooler and run a high strength tubing from one pipe to the other.

I figured I would post this update in hopes someone may be able to help me out now.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:40 PM
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So that's what one looks like. Mine doesn't have one. I had to replace both lines when I swapped my engine. Best time to do it I guess since there was plenty of room to do it then... :-/
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:17 PM
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Bump, still haven't fixed it.. procrastinations a bitch.

Does anyone know anything about this?
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:21 AM
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From Lestyme


First I'll try prestone fluid with "stopleak" that I picked up. This afternoon I called the local ford
dealer and the part wasn't as costly as I thought.
If you had front coil spring suspension the cooler was
$88 and if you had torsion bar suspension it was $64.

The prestone comes with the stopleak in it but I've
heard Lucas makes one for the problem also.
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:59 AM
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What I'm wondering is, is it going to hurt my truck to bypass the cooler....?
Here's my reaction to that. If the cooler wasn't needed by the average driver, Henry definitely wouldn't have paid to put it on in the first place.
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:08 PM
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Here's my reaction to that. If the cooler wasn't needed by the average driver, Henry definitely wouldn't have paid to put it on in the first place.
I agree, but don't use sealer, it goops up total system. If you are going to bypass drain all fluid and replace with synthetic MERCON.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:47 PM
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Mine doesn't have the cooler, so you might be ok without it. I'm not sure if having a heavier engine would be the reason for the cooler or not.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:48 PM
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Thanks for all the input.

I had heard from a mechanic buddy that he had friends who had bypassed it but wasn't sure how it had worked out, so I thought I'd ask on here.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:07 AM
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Default Re: Power Steering Cooler

it would be ok for most driving if you bypass it. really its just there to keep the power steering from over heating on long trips. so if you just drive to work and only get a few miles a day, then it would be ok to bypass it for now.

that is not on the high pressure side of the system so you could find a different one maybe one for a racecar and make it fit your truck. that prob would be cheaper
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:54 PM
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Well, even though the truck is stock I live and the woods and spend a lot of time off the main roads even just for work. I'm working on getting the part this week and place to fix it as soon as I have the part. Again thanks for all the input.



From: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_to_rep..._ford_explorer



Under the front of the vehicle, just behind the radiator and in front of the steering rack there is a small cooling radiator. ( About 5" by 12" overall ). On each end you'll find a mounting flange. They will need to be sprayed well with a rust breaker of some kind ( WD-40, Liquid Wrench, PB Blaster Or similar. )

The nuts are 11/16 (in my case) And are probably rusted. I used a combo wrench and worked them till they were off.

The lines are rubber and held with clamps. If they are like mine they were installed on the cooler before they were installed on the car. You'll need to work them around to the front with a pair of pliers and squeeze them to work them AWAY from the cooler.

Have a bucket handy 'cause now it gets messy! Work the lines from the cooler (or the cooler from the lines) and try not to make a mess 'cause the PS fluid will run out.

Install the new one in the reverse. One note; In order to make mine go into the lines I had to bend the driver side mount out of the way and put it back after the lines were secured.

The whole process ( Including gathering tools and clean up took me just less than an hour {At 20 degrees F})
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:55 AM
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Default Re: Power Steering Cooler

hello i myself have a 2000 ranger with a power stearing leak comming from the radiator cooler. can i really by pass the radiator without hurting the power stearing pump???
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:17 AM
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Default Re: Power Steering Cooler

The power steering doesn't run through the radiator but an automatic transmission does. Do you mean there is a leak in the cooler like pictured above? If so, you might be ok if yo by pass it. If not, you probably need a new radiator since the transmission needs that cooler to operate proberly and not burn up.
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