What is broken here, what oil is this coming from under my hood?

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by stephenwsmith, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. stephenwsmith

    stephenwsmith Member

    See the oil shooting out from the long thin radiator going up and down infront of the main radiator? Can you let me know what that is, the tube on the top of the coil is broken and you can see the oil shooting out...


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    99'HEARTBEAT MODERATOR Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    The Long Thin item you have Pictured, is the Cooler for the Power Steering.
  3. Naptime

    Naptime Rockstar 100 Posts

    It's a cooler. Don't know if it's engine oil or trans fluid.


    Guess we have the answer.
  4. stephenwsmith

    stephenwsmith Member

    Ok... what do you think that should cost to replace?

    Thanks, what do you think it should cost to replace that coil?

    Part and Labor? ballpark.

    Also the truck was driven into the yard fine, but it is not shifting right now, and they dont know but said possibly a bad trans.. The battery is dead from sitting, could that make it seem like a bad trans?


    99'HEARTBEAT MODERATOR Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    On the Cooler, a friend just had to buy a new one.......the Cost of the Cooler IIRC.....around $80/$85........On the Trans not shifting Now.....who said possibly a bad trans.....a Shop....Chevy Dealer??

    Edit.....Below is a Diagram of where the Power Steering Cooler is located, the item in Solid Black.....Number #8....
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  6. stephenwsmith

    stephenwsmith Member

    The guy from the State lot, said the truck was driven in with 100k miles to the lot, the battery died sitting there, so much it wont take a charge even when truck is running. He put a portable power unit, on the truck, but it would kept stalling as it drove down the hill to the parking area, and it was like it would not shift into gear etc. I figure when I go pick up the truck I'll put a brand new big time battery in it. I'll have the part ordered to replace the power steering cooler, and then have the trans checked out by a trans shop. It is a K2500, with the manual windows, with blue vinyl seats in the front two buckets and a bench in the middle. The other part of the plan is to put upgrade the intertior to a grey leather seats. Is there anything I should be looking for to attach the rear bench seat in the back of the suburban.


  7. Joeairforce

    Joeairforce Epic Member 5+ Years 100 Posts

    If the battery is that dead that would cause the trans to not work properly.... I wouldn't take it to a trans shop until you know the trans has a problem.... Which you won't know until the engine and electrical system is working properly...

    99'HEARTBEAT MODERATOR Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    After installing the New Battery, and before taking the Truck for a drive........Check the Transmission Fluid level.....to see if the fluid level is low or not and for Color, if the fluid is Red(Pink in Color)that's what you want to see, if its Brown in Color.....that's Not so Good.
  9. stephenwsmith

    stephenwsmith Member

    thanks, that is a great truck btw :)


    That is what I'll do, I'll get the Power Steering fluid cooler fixed and a fresh new battery, and then take a look at what's next...

    The battery was so dead, that even after she had run for a few minutes (like 10) there was not even a click when you cranked the key after it was shut down.

    Since the truck was driven into the yard at the surplus sale, I have to think the trans worked fine when it was parked.

  10. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy All hail the Mad King!! Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    To get the truck moving, you can bypass the power steering cooler with no ill effects. The cooler isn't required for normal use, just when towing or with big tires, that kind of stuff.

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