filtering PS fluid(looking for info on a thread a few years back)
Sat, 12 May 2001 14:25:25 -0400
Dan and I were talking about filtering PS fluid because someone on
the 200q20v list asked about flushing their system.
My impression is that there has to be a filter somewhere that could
be spliced into the system on one of the low pressure hoses(ie,
suction or return lines); a small filter for small hydraulics(like on
a log splitter, farm equipment, etc.), or an ATF filer, etc.
I also saw a page about converting Jeep CJ's to power steering, and
the author recommends installation of a fuel filter to filter the
fluid. I would think that as soon as you started the car, the fuel
filter would get ripped to shreds by the thick fluid.
Does anyone remember this thread(Dan says he remembers someone came
up with a way to filter the fluid), or care to comment on possible
sources of filtering? Yep, I searched the archives, and came up with
tons of posts talking about the stock wire mesh filter,which is
clearly not up to the job, intended only to catch
immediate-death-and-destruction-of-components sized particles(and
evidenced by the regular failure of a variety of system components.)
One possibility is the filtering system that's based on(please, no
jokes) a toilet paper roll for filtering. The US army uses it for
filtering engine oil, and apparently works great...but it's fairly
big, and would hence require a lot of engine compartment space and a
fair amount of extra pentosin...so I don't think it's the right tool
for the job.