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Old January 17th, 2011, 08:51 PM
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Power steering reservoir - which side?

Did an RHD to LHD conversion and moved the reservoir to the opposite side with the steering box (now on the left - drivers side). Ordered a new reservoir to pump line from RN and by the looks of it I should have left it on the right side. Is the location different for different years/engines? Any advice is appreciated.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 12:38 AM
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Hey Mike. Which motor? I had a tricky time getting the right hoses when I went from RHD to LHD on my 200tdi. RN messed a couple up on me too, but took them back. I ended up sourcing from LR series in the UK after carefully going through the parts book and tracing all the supercesions. No real 'rule' - Disco 1's have the res on the same side as pump and box - However, I believe it's parts ninja Ron who believes this is in part why those vehicles have pump/leak issues. I believe the theory being the long side-to-side line provide extra fluid volume and cooling (not an unreasonable thought in my mind).
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Edit: my Res is on the RH side, so the lines cross over

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When you have a LHD the reservoir is located on the RH.
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If your not set on doing it stock, move the reservior. Rover did it wrong. You want the reservior right above the pump to gravity feed it. Pumps were not meant to suck and over time it causes problems. It will work the way it is for light/regular use though.
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The only problem with having it on the driver side is the lack of space. Before moving it to the other side (opposite to driver side) it looks and was all cramped. If I needed to check the oil dipstick I had to twist my harm to reach it..
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the early lhd trucks had it on the right and the lines across the front crossmember were steel and these acted as a cooler for the steering fluid. Also added aditional fluid which also helps keep temps down.
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the early lhd trucks had it on the right and the lines across the front crossmember were steel and these acted as a cooler for the steering fluid. Also added aditional fluid which also helps keep temps down.
Thats how mine was stock. I'm telling you, that is the worst way you can possibly route things for your pump. If you plan to never go with bigger tires or never go offroad, I am sure it is fine but that puts a lot of extra strain on the pump.
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If your not set on doing it stock, move the reservior. Rover did it wrong. You want the reservior right above the pump to gravity feed it. Pumps were not meant to suck and over time it causes problems. It will work the way it is for light/regular use though.
Buck, I will take the opposite tack on this one. The extra fluid keeps everything cooler in the system and less likely to leak with the res on the opposite side. Ever wonder why every RRC/DI has a leaking steering box but most D90s do not? I am pretty sure it is because of the extra fluid/cooling of the long line. I think this because in the UK, it is the opposite (RRC/DI leak less and have res on other side).

OTOH, pumps tend to fail only when used on rocks or with bigger tires which I agree with you on, but they don't tend to fail in my experience with stockish trucks on the east coast.

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It's a Disco 200 Tdi. Follow up question: where is it on a 300 Tdi? It seems like the diesel fuel filter on a 300 Tdi sits right where the reservoir would be if it was on the RH side. Only wondering because I was planning to move my filter off the bulkhead to make room for a 300 style air filter housing.

Tony, just trying to get it back together and on the road, no time for the cage right now...
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Old January 19th, 2011, 10:41 PM
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Answered my own question from photos - the reservoir appears to be on the left side on LHD 300Tdi trucks. Any one know the part number for the reservoir to pump return for a 300Tdi? The one I got from RN is just listed for Defender 90/110.
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