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Old 12-14-2009, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default DIY coolant overflow tank? The OEM sprung a leak.

Is there something acceptable/affordable I could use as a coolant overflow tank? There is a small hole in my original one, and no matter how many times I plastic weld it/all weather tape it, over time it starts leaking again. I'm a college student and I'd rather not spend $55.21 on a new one from the stealership. Any ideas... preferably previously tested ones... I would greatly appreciate.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:08 PM   #2
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If you can find one at a salvage yard where you pull the part, it should be cheap. The late model year salvage yards are usually more expensive, but worth a try.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:33 PM   #3
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any of the aftermarket ones for fmic's will work. They have a volume of a soda can or so.
If you dont mind to be ghetto for a little while, any thicker walled plastic soda bottle will do with the capped drilled. Then you can take your time JB welding your stock overflow tank properly. Or check your regional forum, someone might have one for sale.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:23 PM   #4
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Is there something acceptable/affordable I could use as a coolant overflow tank? There is a small hole in my original one, and no matter how many times I plastic weld it/all weather tape it, over time it starts leaking again. I'm a college student and I'd rather not spend $55.21 on a new one from the stealership. Any ideas... preferably previously tested ones... I would greatly appreciate.
Not sure if I have the correct one, but I found it for $35 at https://www.chaplinssubarugenuineparts.com/
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:19 PM   #5
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fastnoypi would you mind throwing me a link to the "aftermarket ones". The first thing i did was check my regional classifieds but no luck; and as far as trying to fix it again, it would be round three... something about the way the coolant heats up, it just seems to breach every fix. its time to get a leak proof solution. I'd be willing to try the soda can idea, but do you mean like a 1 or 2 liter bottle, or a 24oz can?
mikey lets just say the salvage yards here consider me a gringo, so unless I can get a darker skinned friend of mine to come along, it might be more expensive than the stealership.
elviking i looked high and low on that sight and couldn't find it, did you have to advance search or maybe its a different part you were looking at...?

Thank you guys for the input!
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:58 PM   #6
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Try this.
https://www.trademotion.com/partloca...layCatalogid=0

Its for a 2007, as I don't know what you have.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:01 PM   #7
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Actually, it says its for 02-07.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:42 PM   #8
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Bigred.. i've used a a 20 or 24 ounce bottles before and even the 22oz NOS energy drink bottle for extra power just throw them out if you see them getting grungy

aftermarket ones can be found all over ebay, summit racing and jegs. just do a keyword search for "coolant overflow" Just be sure to measure the height of the canister to wherever you want to mount it. You dont even need the crossover tube on the top of the radiator if you want to relocate to the opposite side by the power steering reservoir.
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:59 PM   #9
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alright awesome I'll experiment with those options. thank you for your time fastnoypi
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:09 PM   #10
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punch or drill a hole in the lid of a gatorade bottle, insert hose, profit.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:10 PM   #11
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punch or drill a hole in the lid of a gatorade bottle, insert hose, profit.
Ghetto modding, however it still looks better than stock.
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:11 AM   #12
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Are you talking the tank on the intake or the one on the radiator?
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:56 AM   #13
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Ghetto repaired the gas tank in my old Road Runner. Enlarged the hole, then used (without sealant) a tire plug. Was still holding when I sold it. If it can be ghettoed, I've probably done it! RP
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