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Old 07-25-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default Power Steering Cooler Really Needed?

My 1995 Bonneville SE was leaking fluid badly from a rusted power steering cooler.

My neighborhood mechanic suggested that I could cut the lines and bypass the cooler entirely.

Anyway have any ideas as to whether this is a good work-around? Am I putting the pump or rack at risk? Anyone do this?
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Personally I wouldn't do it... Had a friend with a rusty/leaking power steering cooler that I replaced easily without ever having done it before. Not a super expensive part either.

I can't attest to the necessity of the cooler but maybe one of our mechanics can.
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if you can get the part for cheap theres no reason to bypass it, bottom line is if you didnt need it it wouldnt be there
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At $19 for a power steering cooler (Autozone) why would you even ask?
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If it left the factory with a cooler it needs it, the bean counters at GM wouldn't spend a cent more than necessary to make a car.
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