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Well the reserve thank usually holds excess water. basically when water gets hot it expands and increases in size, the expansion causes some of it to go into the reserve and it can be very hot even boiling..

did this happen before or is it strange ?
notice any other problems while driving around, noises, engine overheating ?
does the radiator fans turn on ??

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

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SOURCE: reserve tank coolant is getting low slowly noticed

Replace the over flow cap, with age they begin to leak and must be replaced they are relatively inexpensive just don't remove when the engine is hot. To remove push down on the cap and turn counter clockwise.

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SOURCE: my wtaer reserve tank dries up easy

fill the rad cold and the reserve tank to the cold mark, i suspect the reserve tank is leaking

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