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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
HI,

I took the car out for


HI,

I took the car out for a long drive today and when I returned and shut the car off, I opened the engine bonnet to cool down the engine. I heard a "sizzle", then noticed that the coolant tank released a small drop of coolant onto the hot
manifold - very small leak.

Is this something a reputable radiator shop will fix if I remove it from the car?

Any special materials, etc. used on the tank that should be brought up to the repair shop?

I am assuming I can remove this tank without draining the whole system - I'll catch whatever spills out from the connecting hoses and clamp off.

Thank you for any help,

Anthony
 
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Hi Anthony,

you can try to


Hi Anthony,

you can try to get the tank repaired at a good Radiator Shop like you suggest. The tanks are just steel. They might tell you that they can't repair it though, as usually these tanks rust from the inside out, and when heated with a torch for repair work start to desinigrate.

If that happens try Ferrari UK for a new tank.

Regards, JRV
 
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Hi Anthony,

Before I'd


Hi Anthony,

Before I'd condemn the tank, you might want to look at the overflow hose and pressure cap. Both of these areas are more prone to failure than the tank itself. If it does turn out to be the tank, mine is constructed of steel, with a bronze/brass? neck brazed to it. Seems like it would be very simple to repair.

A super easy way to drain the tank and the corresponding hoses is to use a generic windshield washer pump. One line into the overflow tank, the other into a catch bottle....and power the pump up.

Regards,
David
 
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Thanks guys. The pressure cap

Thanks guys. The pressure cap is a brand new OEM cap. The overflow hose is routed correctly.

The drip can from the bottom of the tank and hit the manifold. It only seems to drip when it gets up to temp., due to expansion.

There is a great radiator repair shop in my area -I'll talk to them!

Thanks again,

Anthony
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I pulled the tank out this wee

I pulled the tank out this weekend - looks like it was leaking/seeping for years on the bottom - lots of green sludge/build-up - paint stripping off, etc. I am taking it to a radiator repair shop today.

dumb question: Can I replace the two hoses going to the tank without draining the system (coolant was just changed)? When I pull the ends from the water pump - will the entire system want to drain - it is at such a high point in the system, it does not seem like too much would come out.

Where can I find good replacement hoses of this size?
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Hi Anthony,

when changing


Hi Anthony,

when changing those hoses certianly a portion of the coolant will run out, but only about a gallon.

Hoses can be found at your local parts store, they are nothing special, and you can even find the larger hose (19mm/3/4)in cloth covered from Gates (vulco) if you wish. .

Regards, JRV
 
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Thank you very much - I though

Thank you very much - I thought maybe these hoses would be hard to get in a metric size.
 
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