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Cooliant tank leaking

I am leaking coolant from what looks like from under the cap of the coolant tank. Can the cap go bad? Should I just replace the cap or take it and get it looked at. I don't know much about maintenance on cars, but if I can fix it myself I would rather go that route.

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Yes you can have a defective cap you have to tight it up really good pierre p.s dont overfill that tank leave it half full

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