Three Easy Steps to Installing a Coolant Reservoir
The coolant reservoir is a tank that contains the excess coolant, which is a liquid used as a cooling agent in your car's cooling system. Usually, the reservoir is just a clear plastic bottle found near the radiator-to see it, you can follow the pipe of the radiator and you'll see the tank. The coolant reservoir is attached to the radiator and the engine's hoses. The cap for the filler is also found there, so you'll just have to pour the liquid into the reservoir instead of pouring directly into the radiator. However, if the tank breaks and the coolant leaks, your car's engine will be prone to overheating. Should this happen, immediately replace the old or faulty coolant reservoir with a new stock.
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Locating the coolant reservoir
Pull the hood release lever underneath your car's steering column on the driver's side. After that, push the hood all the way up until it's fully open, and prop it up with the tension bar. Locate the clear coolant reservoir positioned on the passenger's side of your car. It is next to the clear washer fluid tank but is larger than that container. In some cars, the reservoir is found in the back of the engine on the driver's side right next to the wheel well.
Removing the old coolant reservoir
Using a socket wrench, take off the three bolts that attach the tank to the vehicle. Then, place a pan underneath the coolant reservoir to catch the liquid coolant that may drip out when you remove the component. After setting the pan, take out the clamped hose from the bottom of the coolant tank. Detach the two clamps that hold the front of the coolant reservoir to two smaller hoses. Remove the tank from the car.
Installing the new coolant reservoir
Place the new coolant reservoir where the old component used to be. Reattach the bolts that fasten the part in place. Then, reconnect the hoses by fastening the clamps. Once everything is connected and secured, refill the tank with a new coolant until it reaches the fill line. Now that everything is done, you may now close the hood.