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The plastic resivor for the radiator is leaking

The plastic resivor for the radiator is leaking it apears at the seam as it happened to once before on this car .. am I able to replace this myself or is it to difficult to get to for replacement

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You should be able to change it your self with a few bacis tools . refill with coolant and run engine till oprating temp checking water level. be carefull when hot !!!

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