[V8] It's that time ...coolant tank splitting :-)

Buchholz, Steven Steven.Buchholz at kla-tencor.com
Wed Jul 19 11:47:39 EDT 2006

... perhaps ... but from my experience the new reservoirs are nowhere near as robust as the originals.  I bought a brand new reservoir for one of the cars ... and in less than a year the plastic had gotten brittle and the nipple for the small diameter air bleed hose from the radiator had broken.  Right now I'm running both cars with old reservoirs I've picked up here and there.  That said, I don't like to have to go that way as the original reservoirs seem to be reaching the end of their life too.  That's why I always keep a gallon of distilled water in the trunk of both cars ... along with a glued together reservoir that can be called to service in a pinch.  Funny, other than fluids, this is the only emergency repair part I carry ... 

Steve B
San José, CA (USA)
> Maybe overpressurized by a coolant tank cap that's not venting?  Buy a new
> cap when you buy the tank.
>  Coolant tank leaking from the seams indicates overpressure
> >of the coolant system.  No fix for the tank except for replacing the
> >tank.  But first find out why it's splitting.  Cylinder head gasket
> >leak?  Clogged radiator?  bad thermoswitch at radiator?

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