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How difficult is it to change the coolant resevoir ?

I have a new resevoir and i only see 3 bolts on the old resevoir and want to know if it will be difficult to exchange this

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Yes it is that easy! there is a small clip that just slides in near the bottom, that is all. good luck!

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