Hi, My power steering is gone on my 900s (non turbo) 5 speed convertible. on 1995 Saab 900

I was told I would need a new power steering cooler. Is this the same as the power steering pump? If it costs $1000 to get a new cooler, as the mechanic said, it certainly wouldn't be worth it. But, if I could get a rebuilt or used part and fix it for 300-500, it would be worth it. Thanks!

by in Amherst, MA on November 17, 2012
2 answers 5 comments
ANSWER by on November 17, 2012
no, cooler is different from pump
ANSWER by on November 17, 2012
Was the cause of failure a leak from cooler or lack of pressure in the system?
COMMENT by on November 17, 2012
I'm not sure. What would the implications be of a lack of pressure? He replaced my water pump and radiator. I have had a really hard time finding power steering coolers for a 1995 Saab 900s. I found one forum where someone asked about the power steering cooler for an 1995 Saab 900 SE and someone else answered saying there's an oil cooler but not a power steering cooler. I'm also not sure if I have leaking hoses as well; if the leaking hoses are the high pressure ones it could be a lot to fix Thanks
COMMENT by on November 18, 2012
Find out the specific 'failures' and post. NEXT question......... Do you TRUST the tech. diagnosing the car?
COMMENT by on November 18, 2012
Thanks. I will call him tomorrow when he's open and ask if it was a leak from the cooler or lack of pressure in the system. He doesn't specialize in Saabs but I think he's good and I think I can trust him. I had parts of my exhaust system fall apart last year. I went to another mechanic first who apparently duct-taped when he said he was going to put a sleeve on. Then I took it to this guy who told me the actual repair (a new flex pipe and another part of the exhaust system) would cost about $450, about $300 less than the first mechanic told me. He also insisted that the first mechanic had duct-taped the flex pipe and the other part, not used muffler tape.
COMMENT by on November 18, 2012
Sounds like you're on the right track , I'll check back for your response and if I can offer any more help I will.
COMMENT by on November 18, 2012
Thank you. The help is greatly appreciated.