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Author Topic:   Power steering by trans fluid?
timcsim7
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted July 18, 2002 11:50 AM
Anybody ever tried this??

We were short on time to get the car ready and we still didn't have a p/s pump and brackets. One of the guys helping me come up with a pressure regulator (don't ask me where or how he got it). We used this regulator to run fluid from the tranny cooler to the steering gear box. It's adjustable and has a bypass.

At idle I don't have much power steering, but at racing speed it works good.

Just wondering how long this'll last. If tranny fluid were good for a gear box, they'd already be using it..

The only thing that really concerns me is that there may be too much heat from the fluid going to the box.

loojack
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 133
posted July 19, 2002 03:53 PM
Nope, never tried it. Sounds interesting though.... I been told not to use transmission fluid in power steering pumps, transmission fluid has friction inhancers which are hard on p/s pumps. Don't know if it'll hurt the steering box.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted July 19, 2002 04:58 PM UIN: 54865418
thats a new one to me . i always use tranny fluided in my power steering never had a problem that way costs a whole lot less then regulr ps fluid too only problem i can see is like you said the heat from the tranny and if a line where to come loose then you have no steering and no tranny and one big mess

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