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1996 Firebird I need to remove the coolant overflow container to check for a broken or cracked hose. How do I do this?

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  • Notsosanemom Aug 16, 2008

    Would a broken or cracked hose in this area cause her to lose all of the fluids when the car car gets warmed up and running?

  • Notsosanemom Aug 16, 2008

    The resovior has a huge hole in it. Is this because it was running hot or could this have caused it to run hot?

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There should be 2 screws holding it in place.

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  • Ronnie Houston Aug 16, 2008

    yes if its running out of the bottom of the resovior or is you have a split hose.another thing that can cause it is a stuck thermostat,check your hoses first and if you can start the car and watch what its doing to see if you can pot any water coming out anywhere

  • Ronnie Houston Aug 16, 2008

    it can cause the water to run out yes...you need a ned resevior for the water.make sure there are no other leaks anywhere

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Fig. 1: Typical cooling system assembly-Sebring coupe and Avenger



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