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My radiator overflow container split at the seem. Do I simply replace the container or could it be something more like the thermostat?

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Get a replacement from a junk yard.  cheap

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JB Weld it......but first remove it from the engine compartment. scuff it up with some steel woo along the seam l...then clean and dry it...and then JB Weld along the seam. wait 24 HOURS...then re-install it. MAKE SURE THE CAP CAN FIT...lol

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