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Old 01-25-2006, 10:54 PM   #1
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My 1995 Bonneville SE came from the factory with a power steering cooler under the car on the right side. It is rusted out. A dealership parts counter salesperson told me the only thing available is the cooler and hose assemble for $170. The part number is 26044069. Autozone claims they can special order a cooler for $20 but cannot provide any details such as size and whether not it will will mount to the factory location. They said a mounting kit is listed separately but they do not have it in stock and it sounded like they were not sure if I needed it for the Bonneville. The cooler is from Compressor Works. It is part number 911009.

The size of the original cooler is 5" by 2 & 1/8" by 1 & 1/8". It is a two pass cooler.

I am looking for advice on where to find the part and information on installing a replacement. I assume I can use hose clamps because it is on the return--low pressure side. I assume I may need to cut the original hose off above the original clamps. I would like to keep the original hoses on the car.

The Perma-Cool model 1001/1002 with barbed 3/8" ends found here may work.

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One possibility is a junkyard..there'* tons of coolers in caddys mounted right up front behind the grill. Most likely they swap right over. Caddy'* use the same transmission coolers as well.

Another is to get that cooler and pull the brackets off the old one to rig it up.
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I'd go to a wrecker also. I know from experience that the Buick LeSabre has the same cooler. There are MILLIONS of H bodies in the yards.
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I'd go to a wrecker also. I know from experience that the Buick LeSabre has the same cooler. There are MILLIONS of H bodies in the yards.
I called a few but they said they did not have any coolers for it. One said no so fast I am not sure he actually looked it up. I think it is not a commonly requested part that is worth enough for them to save and list in the computer. I am afraid they would charge too much for a part that is already very rusty. Any underbody parts on older Bonnevilles where salt is used on the roads are going to be very rusty. NAPA has a universal replacement part in stock with hoses and clamps for $36 that I think I will buy today.
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It may be that they don't want to seperate it from the rack. Or they don't know what you're talking about. Good luck.
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This is the reason why I go to the U pull it'*. It'* a small insignificant part to them. They have no idea about it except it'* in the way when they are torching stuff.
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I second that. The U Pull It yards here are filled with H-bodies and they have little interest in anything other than the big money parts, like superchargers. Even up north, there should be some with unrusted coolers on them, IMO...
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