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Old 03 Jan 2015, 10:15 am
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Default Power Steering Reservoir DIY

Hi Cruisers, I'm cheap and wasn't about to spend 90 some odd bucks on a reservoir, I created this diy so you can keep old Betsy in shape your own self as well. step one is getting it off your PT - or in my case I grabbed one to rehab at a local parts yard for 5 bucks.

first you have to pop the lid off and this requires bending up the tabs. A long punch sharpened into a chisel tip worked great to start it. Follow up with a screwdriver


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Old 03 Jan 2015, 10:18 am
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this is what your filter probably looks like if you are reading this how to[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 03 Jan 2015, 10:35 am
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To remove the filter Mama Chrysler decided you weren't allowed to she crimped it in at three places. You need to drill these spots out with a 3/16 drill bit. Then you need to make a puller to lift it out [IMG][/IMG]

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Old 03 Jan 2015, 10:41 am
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The puller is just a spacer that has threaded holes, I used riv nuts because that's what I had. You could use metal instead of aluminum and weld on nuts - or thread the holes - you get the idea. When pulling, have several length 1/4 20 bolts so you can change them as you lift - otherwise you might damage the filter such as my first attempt

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Old 03 Jan 2015, 10:50 am
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Cleaning this mess was best done with oven cleaner and engine 'Gunk' at a car wash (oof, did I just say that lol )

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Old 03 Jan 2015, 10:57 am
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ok so there will be a few mods to the cup in order to put the filter back in place. You have to grind the three burrs and raised areas (from the crimping process) from the inside holes. I used a cutoff wheel to quickly dress this up

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Old 03 Jan 2015, 11:01 am
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the other sometimes problem area is the hole located at the bracket, I used a counter bore with a 3/16 pilot to make room for the rivet head, you can do this with a dremel just as easily. Not all the reservoirs have this issue , it depends on who welded it that day I guess

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Old 03 Jan 2015, 11:10 am
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the filter will now drop back into the cup, locate it with this deflector indentation in front of the small hole spout like so

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This is a dirty picture of what I'm talking about because I felt the top pic was confusing. The smaller diameter return line has pressure so there is a diverter at the filter housing to prevent you a bath if you remove the cap. This pic shows the diverter and the small hole that it should cover when in place. And for Goofus , no not the exposed rivet hole!

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Old 03 Jan 2015, 11:16 am
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The trick to this is using solid rivets, no leaks

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Old 03 Jan 2015, 11:22 am
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to replace the cap just start with the rubber, replace the cap and crimp with pump pliers. reseat with a screwdriver and hammer.

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