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Power Steering Cooler Location On A 2011 Chevy Equinox And What Is Needed For Flat Towing

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Does the 4 cylinder Equinox 2011 have the power steering cooler? How can I tell?

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If your 2011 Chevrolet Equinox has a power steering cooler, it will be located on the front bumper core, behind the front fascia. I am including a picture to the right that will show the power steering cooler on a similar Equinox. The picture is taken after the front fascia has been removed from the vehicle. To see if you have a power steering cooler on your vehicle, you will need to look underneath the vehicle to see if there is a cooler attached to the front bumper core.

When installing the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit, part # RM-523160-5 on your 2011 Chevrolet Equinox the power steering cooler does not have to be removed, it will just need to be relocated to the main receiver brace of the base plate kit.

There are a couple more items you will need before you can safely tow the Equinox. For a tow bar, you will need one that is compatible with XL style base plates like the RoadMaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, part # RM-520. I am including a link to a video review on the Falcon 2 tow bar.

I also recommend safety cables and a light kit as required by law. For safety cables, I recommend the Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables, part # RM-643. For a temporary lighting solution, use the Magnetic Towing Light Kit, # RM-2120. These lights have a magnet that will stick to a flat metal surface and plug into a 4-flat on the tow vehicle. For a more permanent solution, I recommend the Tail Light Isolating Diode System with Wiring Harness, # 38955. I have included an installation video and demonstration video of this kit for reference.

You will also want to check with the manufacturer and/or your vehicle owners manual for instructions on the proper procedure for towing your vehicle because some vehicles must be equipped with a transmission lube pump, an axle disconnect, drive line disconnect, or free-wheeling hubs before they can be towed.

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