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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, She is Temperamental about Her Fluids in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; I've kinda procrastinated about the power steering fluid It didn't look that bad from the reservoir but once I flushed ...
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    She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    I've kinda procrastinated about the power steering fluid

    It didn't look that bad from the reservoir but once I flushed it out, it was dark brown. I never had a complaint about the steering, but man... it is nice and smooth now.

    I just hooked a piece of clear tubing to a plastic fitting; unhooked the reservoir inlet and attached this tube to the existing line and plugged the reservoir pipe. I then just put that tube into a large container; started it for 2-3 seconds... refill... and repeated 5-6 times.

    I've officially got ALL fresh fluids in her right now.

    I know there are plenty of threads out there emphasizing the up-keep on fluids, but I never hear much about power steering; so that was my 2 cents.

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    What fluid did you use? How much fluid did it take?

    Dealer flushed mine when I had a power steering line replaced under CPO warranty. I wouldn't mind at least keeping what's in the reservoir clean from time to time.

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    Bought a gallon of Valvoline, had a little left over.

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    Our power steering cooler is pretty small, which may be part of the problem with the fluid looking burnt. Try this:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/221181198718...84.m1497.l2649

    That model is a slightly taller version of the cooler featured in the CTS-V FAQ DIY article:

    http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answers/steeringcooler/

    I know for a fact that they will take offers of $28 + shipping.
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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    Having recently had my PS unit complain when I hit a lock parking the other day, I took a look and found that my PS fluid was really dark. I've been running AC Delco cold climate fluid to help with cold starts (and it does help), but now that summer has decided to arrive, maybe it's the wrong fluid choice, but maybe it's not the fluid's fault, maybe it's just the stock cooler to blame.

    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyLogic View Post
    Our power steering cooler is pretty small, which may be part of the problem with the fluid looking burnt. Try this:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/221181198718...84.m1497.l2649
    Has anyone got that larger model cooler to function with stock Steering Cooler mount bracket? It looks like it should still fit in our oem bracket like the one referenced in the FAQ site, but it will fill from the mount down to the bottom of the lower grille.

    I haven't found any references to folks who have made the FHP-10029 work in the front as a cooler upgrade. I'd like to know before I get to ordering parts and shipping them up to Canada that it will probably work.... -)

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyLogic View Post
    Our power steering cooler is pretty small, which may be part of the problem with the fluid looking burnt. Try this:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/221181198718...84.m1497.l2649

    That model is a slightly taller version of the cooler featured in the CTS-V FAQ DIY article:

    http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answers/steeringcooler/

    I know for a fact that they will take offers of $28 + shipping.
    $28 = Declined

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    Has anyone re-mounted their stock cooler so it was "catching" air and not laying flat ?

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    IMHO, if you don't road course or yor car or similar slow speed racing in hot climates, the size of the cooler is a red herring. You WANT your fluid to get to a certain temp and an oversized cooler can make it too cool.

    Just change your PS fluid.
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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    When mine got cold this last winter it was squealing like crazy then flushed the fluid and like night and day!

    BDV

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    Quote Originally Posted by JazMiller View Post
    Has anyone got that larger model cooler to function with stock Steering Cooler mount bracket? It looks like it should still fit in our oem bracket like the one referenced in the FAQ site, but it will fill from the mount down to the bottom of the lower grille.

    I haven't found any references to folks who have made the FHP-10029 work in the front as a cooler upgrade. I'd like to know before I get to ordering parts and shipping them up to Canada that it will probably work.... -)
    Onefast V has. His post (and picture) here.



    Quote Originally Posted by SevillianSTS View Post
    $28 = Declined
    Probably because a few people jumped on that auction after my initial post.

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    How about this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Derale-Trans...c6f01c&vxp=mtr ??? $36.41 Free Shipping

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddy-V View Post
    When mine got cold this last winter it was squealing like crazy then flushed the fluid and like night and day!

    BDV
    GM makes a cold weather PS fluid that fixes this - I use it in my car.

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    The part number is 10953471, ACDelco Power Steering Fluid - Cold Climate. It does work like a charm, it even cut down on the squeal in the first seconds of a cold deadwinter start.

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    I found this fluidyne cooler on ebay and the seller declined a $55 offer. I then found his website and bought it for $45 with free shipping.

    http://www.wasteoilheater.us/index.p...smissionCooler

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    Are there any drawbacks to using the cold weather fluid when it's not cold out ?

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    Re: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids

    My gf is temperamental about her fluids too. If I try to take her Vodka away, she gets pissy.
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