: She is Temperamental about Her Fluids



SevillianSTS
05-19-13, 06:56 PM
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. :bouncy:

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.

JDB
05-19-13, 07:39 PM
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.

SevillianSTS
05-19-13, 10:59 PM
Bought a gallon of Valvoline, had a little left over.

FuzzyLogic
05-20-13, 12:06 AM
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?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.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.

JazMiller
05-20-13, 07:04 PM
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.


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?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.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.... -)

SevillianSTS
05-20-13, 07:52 PM
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?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.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 ?

HAMSTAR
05-20-13, 08:44 PM
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.

BigDaddy-V
05-20-13, 09:44 PM
When mine got cold this last winter it was squealing like crazy then flushed the fluid and like night and day!

BDV

FuzzyLogic
05-20-13, 10:37 PM
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 (http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-performance/288220-mod-progression-route-track-street-3.html#post3303478).




$28 = Declined

Probably because a few people jumped on that auction after my initial post (http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-performance/288220-mod-progression-route-track-street-2.html#post3297798).

SevillianSTS
05-21-13, 09:25 AM
How about this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Derale-Trans-Cooler-Subcompact-Carton-DER-13101-/251151183900?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3a79c6f01c&vxp=mtr ??? $36.41 Free Shipping

repenttokyo
05-21-13, 02:27 PM
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.

JazMiller
05-21-13, 11:58 PM
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.

Bueller
03-14-14, 12:32 PM
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.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=FluidyneTransmissionCooler

SevillianSTS
03-14-14, 01:43 PM
Are there any drawbacks to using the cold weather fluid when it's not cold out ?

lollygagger8
03-14-14, 03:17 PM
My gf is temperamental about her fluids too. If I try to take her Vodka away, she gets pissy.

darkman
03-14-14, 04:24 PM
Are there any drawbacks to using the cold weather fluid when it's not cold out ? No, the GM cold weather fluid behaves better in the cold because it is a synthetic blend, which has a lower cold temperature viscosity but also offers a higher high-temperature viscosity. Simply put, it is better albeit more expensive fluid.

SevillianSTS
03-14-14, 09:38 PM
Would amsoil power-steering fluid be even better being it is a full synthetic ?

My local CarQuest sells Amsoil and being I know them from outside of their business, they always give me the "friend/family" discount too.


Also, has anyone rotated their PS cooler, so that it is vertical rather than laying horizontal ? Seems I read someone did it. Seems like a good idea to me. Just looking for a how to before I go out and re-engineer something that someone else has already figured out.

darkman
03-14-14, 10:08 PM
http://www.amsoil.com/lit/databulletins/g2577.pdf http://pangea.stanford.edu/~schmitt/images/Chevron%20Havoline%20cold%20climate%20power%20stee ring%20fluid.pdf The GM Fluid is made by Texaco. It looks like the Amsoil fluid runs a little higher in high-temp viscosity. http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-general/176091-power-steering-cooler.html#post1958019

mberisha
03-15-14, 03:55 PM
My gf is temperamental about her fluids too. If I try to take her Vodka away, she gets pissy.

Let that girl drink....dammit!:yup: