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- www.hipoengineering.com
- Viper owners and members of Viperalley and VCA

- Produce Power Steering Vent Tube to stop cap from turning off as documented by hundreds of owners and also creating a total loss due to fire as documented in a few cases.
- Produce quick change adapter for Motive Bleeder
- Many new parts in the works
 

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I bought the power steering vent tube from Keith and it works as advertised. You have to pay by check but no big deal. Considering the problems with these caps spewing fluid on the headers and causing fires, it's cheap insurance.
 

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Isnt the cap unvented from factory? I understand the caps have a tendency to com off but If you vent it wont it then splash out?
Andy
 

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Andy - from my understanding the caps are not vented and if you vented it the PS fluid may splash on the manifold/header and you can get a fire real quick. Just check that cap religiously.

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I just did mine not too long ago but I can't remember if the cap was vented. I dont' think it was. But for the cheap price its worth the piece of mind to not have to worry about the cap coming off. Good instructions too. :thumb:
 

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OK, I guess I am not asking this correctly. The advertisement on Hippo site says

HiPo Engineering Power Steering Vent Tube

- Requires no modification to OEM equipment; Easy on and off, only minutes to install
- All materials are of the highest quality available. Kit includes:

· Steel .028 tubing plated in nickel or chrome
· Viton rubber seal fitting compatible with power steering fluid
· Stainless steel hose clamps
- Rated for wide temperature variations in engine compartment
- Custom bent metal tubing wraps along side of reservoir and does not allow cap to turn

- Arch on tube prevents fluid leakage during hard cornering, accelerating or autocross events
- Fluid making it up and through tube is safely routed to bottom of reservoir away from headers
- Metal tubing allows unrestricted venting of reservoir – no kinks
- Does not impede hood clearance
Some have tried to solve by simply attaching rubber hose bought at a local hardware store. Risks include:
- Hose properties incompatible with fluid causing deterioration and unpredictable failure
- Kinking of hose around bends or at clamps causing failure in reservoir venting

This product solves a long standing problem and dresses up your engine at the same time. Chrome for those who have added those custom touches or nickel to match your intake stripes and provide that OEM stock look. The choice is personal preference but both stop the next Viper fire! As a personal Viper owner and member of the Viper Club of America, it’s protecting my Snake!



So my question is is this something that is supposed to keep the cap on & it is vented?? I do not know why you would want it vented? Secure, Definately, I understand they come loose.

Andy
 

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OK, I guess I am not asking this correctly. The advertisement on Hippo site says

HiPo Engineering Power Steering Vent Tube

- Requires no modification to OEM equipment; Easy on and off, only minutes to install
- All materials are of the highest quality available. Kit includes:

· Steel .028 tubing plated in nickel or chrome
· Viton rubber seal fitting compatible with power steering fluid
· Stainless steel hose clamps
- Rated for wide temperature variations in engine compartment
- Custom bent metal tubing wraps along side of reservoir and does not allow cap to turn

- Arch on tube prevents fluid leakage during hard cornering, accelerating or autocross events
- Fluid making it up and through tube is safely routed to bottom of reservoir away from headers
- Metal tubing allows unrestricted venting of reservoir – no kinks
- Does not impede hood clearance
Some have tried to solve by simply attaching rubber hose bought at a local hardware store. Risks include:
- Hose properties incompatible with fluid causing deterioration and unpredictable failure
- Kinking of hose around bends or at clamps causing failure in reservoir venting

This product solves a long standing problem and dresses up your engine at the same time. Chrome for those who have added those custom touches or nickel to match your intake stripes and provide that OEM stock look. The choice is personal preference but both stop the next Viper fire! As a personal Viper owner and member of the Viper Club of America, it’s protecting my Snake!



So my question is is this something that is supposed to keep the cap on & it is vented?? I do not know why you would want it vented? Secure, Definately, I understand they come loose.

Andy
While I don't know what the reason particularly is for venting, if the power steering fluid cap is vented in the first place, it must be for a good reason, and consequently, anything that attaches to the venting area should not prevent this. This product apparently does not, based on the description. I still haven't installed mine (just got it for xmas), so I can't verify whether it does or whether my cap does.
 

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I got mine for Christmas & my car is gone so I was just wondering. I figured all we needed was a PS cap hold down???

Andy
 

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I installed one earlier this year. My cap had a vent on it; I believe it's stock. The vent would be to release pressure when the fluid heats up and even boils (yes it can do this). When the fluid comes out the vent tube it spatters all over the underside of the hood and engine and can make a mess. The vent tube from Hipo engineering attaches to this vent protrusion from the cap and routs the vented fluid downward below the headers, etc. and out of harms way to the ground. In addition, you attach this vent tubing in such a way that it helps prevent the cap from turning off (which can also happen).
I don't know if Gen I cars have a vented cap or if even all Gen II's have it but my '97 GTS does.
 

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Andy, Sorry for being a loser and not checking this section of the board recently, I'm always over on the Viper Discussion page. I'll clear up any confusion.

All 92-02 caps are vented. If you remove yours and blow in the nipple, you'll see that air will come through. On the underside of the cap, the "stick" portion that shows the fluid level attaches to the cap top but holes are around the base to allow air through. There is a rubber splash ring that is supposed to keep fluid from simply exiting out the hole. Venting is important in his design.

The problem is that the splash ring doesn't do a great job, especially during hard cornering of keeping the fluid in the reservior. Our product solves that. When installed, fluid is required to make it out of the cap nipple AND up another inch or so through the arch on the vent tube. This is almost impossible unless you've totally overfilled your reservoir. Even if you are tracking you Viper and fluid does make it out, the vent tube safely routes it out below the reservoir instead of on your headers.

The most important aspect of the vent tube though is the fact that is keeps the cap from turning. The stainless clamps lock onto the cap nipple with the Viton rubber seal. The cap can't turn because the tube hits the square side of the reservoir. Easy for you to pop off with small screwdriver to check/change fluid. Both reported fires were by caps falling on headers and catching fire which then in turn runs right up to reservoir and total engine is on fire.
 

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Thanks, my wife bought one from you for christmas & my car is at DLM so I did'nt have a PS cap to look at.

Thanks
Andy
 
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