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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-03-2008, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Over the years, on both my 94 3.8L Taurus & 99 4.0L Ranger, even with 25-30K P/S system fluid flushes with the specified Motorcraft fluids, I've had intermittent P/S system off center "shudder".

These shudders have always responded favorably to a dose of Seafoam Trans Tune, but I've wondered over the years, if particulate contamination of the fluid may also be part of the puzzle & not until now, have I been able to find a product that would meet all my vehicles space & system needs.

I researched, located, ordered from Advance Auto & instaled a "Magnefine" filter in each vehicles P/S return line this weekend.

This filter seems to have been well thought through & executed & it's quality seems good, but it's kinda pricey at $19 ea, although I've seen them on the net for $15.

It's small enough to fit in restricted space, has a folded 25u filter media, with a built in bypass valve, in case it cloggs, boost won't be restricted or lost, or the filter won't expode, lol

It'll just go into bypass like a normal oil filter, relieving system back pressure, so the pump doesn't get tired &
it's built in magnet, will still continue pulling out any ferrous debris, which there shouldn't be much of in a P/S system, but there is in a tranny, which this filter is also designed to fit in it's return line.

The tranny replace time is one year, but in a P/S system, that makes far less debris, I should think we could easily get WAY more service life out of it, especially if our P/S system is clean to begin with.

Anyway I'm going to try them & see if filtering the P/S fluid will have any positive affect on the "shudders" returning over time.

Check them out to see if you think they're for you.
Edit Link 10/27/17 http://www.magnefinefilters.com/main.sc Note that Magnefine filters are now in a Metal container & now made in the USA!

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I like the magnefines and use them in the tranny cooler line.

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Interesting, as best as I can tell, they've been available since about 05, so how many years have you been using yours & how long a service life have you gotten????

Ever cut an old one open & have a look see after it's spent????

Ever drop a tranny pan after using one, does it eliminate most of the tranny pan debris, or do you suppose most of that is caused by internal sifting, drain back setteling & elutriation????

Trying to get a feel of what to expect when using a Magnefine on a tranny return line. I really don't have room for an external remote oil filter mount, which I've thought about for years now.

The size of the Magnefine filter is just right for my two vehicles limited space & the design with the bypass feature is what I've been looking for, but it's yearly replacement cost doesn't turn me on!!!!
If they could get the cost down to about $!0, I'd sure consider it for my tranny!!!!

Ever tried one on your P/S return line????

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I have cut one open. I've been using them since 2000 that I have documentation on.

I had the large 1/2" on on the PS line once but do not use it there anymore. Never had much problem with the PS system.


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How much debris have the inline Magnefine filters eliminated from the tranny pan????

I don't know what gives with my Ford power steering systems.
I've always kept the P/S fluid flushed/changed, at or before the tranny severe service schedule of 30K miles, when I flush the tranny, yet both vehicles have acted up & it seems like deposits may be the problem, as the Seafoam Trans Tune has cleared both of them up, from few days to a few weeks. Then maybe three years after flushing the system & changing the fluid, the shudders will return & another dose of Trans Tune clears it up, so I thought maybe part of it may also be a particulate problem even though the fluid looks ok & if so, maybe a filter on the P/S return line would prove positive, anyway I'll see with time!!!!

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I started using them at Paul's recommendation about 4 years ago. I had one on the PS line and one on the trans line. Currently, just the one on the trans line. The newer Gen 4 style PS reservoir has a better filter than the earlier Gen 3's, and with synthetic fluid and a better PS cooler, I haven't had any problems.

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How much debris have the inline Magnefine filters eliminated from the tranny pan????

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I don't have any crap in the pan except for a bit of fuzz on the magnet.

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Discussed the power steering shudder problem with my Dealers Service Manager today & discovered they use the Magnifine filter on trannies!!!!

He didn't offer up any reasons not to use it on the P/S system.

Just more input, I stumbled upon today!!!!

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BUMP/Update:

Well it's been nearly a year now that I cleaned the internals, flushed the P/S systems & added a Magnefine filter to the 94 Taurus & 99 Rangers P/S low pressure return line at the P/S cooler.

So far so good, it seems that the pesky long term, intermittent "shuders", have taken a hike!!!!

So maybe adding a half can Seafoam Trans Tune to the P/S fluid, driving until the problems ceased, then raising the front wheels so they can turn lock to lock, disconnecting the pump return line at the cooler, disabling the fuel pump so the engine won't run & cranking the engine while my helper slowly truned the steering wheel lock to lock to flush the P/S systems, while I poured in the remaining half can of Trans Tune & new fluid & afterward adding the Magnefine filter to small dia low pressure P/S return line at the cooler, has continued filtering deposits & or system particles & has cleaned the systems up & is keeping them clean enough to prevent the "shudders" from returning!!!!

A side benifit for the Taurus is that it's P/S pump is so quiet now, that you have to stand by the passenger side front fender & listen closely, to hear it's faint whine.
Before cleaning, flushing & adding the Magnefine filter, you could hear the pump whine 50 feet away!!!!

Anyway if any of you are having my kind of "shudder", or "whine" problems, maybe consider a half can dose of Seafoam TransTune to the P/S pump reservoir, drive it until things straighen up, or quiet down, flush the system with the other half can of Trans Tune & a couple qts of new tranny fluid, then add a Magnefine filter, or one like it to the P/S pump low prssure return line & maybe you'll get positive results too.

I'd at least try a flush & filter before throwing P/S system parts at the problem!!!!

Some P/S service results & thoughts for pondering.

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I was looking at installing a P/S filter but couldnt find one in the line, do I have to cut the metal hose and install it that way or am I just not looking at the right thing. I have a 2000 vulcan.
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