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Old 12-03-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Leaky turbo coolant overflow tank solution.

I just replaced the timing belt on my '04 WRX at 105k miles (much thanks to Meatbawl for his wonderful videos!). At the end of replacing the belt, when I went to start putting new coolant in, I noticed the dreaded coolant scum on the turbo overflow tank. When I tried to get a rag in to clean it up (I figured I'd find a new/used tank on the forum here over the next couple weeks), the entire cap inlet cracked right off the tank. Of course it was Sunday, so no dealer part counters were open, and this was my DD.

So, I took it down to a great local auto repair guy, who has been in business for 30 years, and has a machine shop (and happened to be open on Sunday afternoons for a few hours) and asked what he could do.

He ended up braising/soldering on the cap inlet. Took him all of 10 minutes, and after cleaning it up a bit, it was fixed. Total cost? $20.00

So, for those with a leaking turbo coolant overflow tank- take it to a local repair guy with a shop (or if you do your own high temp soldering/braising/welding), and have it fixed. It costs less than a used tank, MUCH less than a new one from Subaru, and to be honest- it looks a lot stronger than the original setup.
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