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Old 05-21-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default Overflow Tank-Cap Removal


I took my car in to have the oil changed. They turned all the caps real hard and it is hard to get them back off. I have gotten all of them off except for the overflow tank. To get the cap off does it need to be turned clockwise or counter clockwise. It feels like the threads have been stripped. All the fluid levels were correct and he had no reason to tighten the caps. I have used this shop many times and this has never happened before. I will call the shop as I am at work today.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:37 AM   #2
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The rad cap is threaded normally so you loosen it by turning counter clock wise. A large pair of pliers (like water pump ones) should get it off for you.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:20 PM   #3
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lefty loosey righty tighty repeat after me. lefty loosey righty tighty, lefty loosey righty tighty, lefty loosey righty tighty, lefty loosey righty tighty, lefty loosey righty tighty.

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Old 06-02-2013, 11:22 PM   #4
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lefty loosey-righty tighty. I removed the cap and it was jammed due to the the thread was crossed on the tank and was tightened that way. The thread is ok on the tank, but the thread on the tank was crossed (so I need to buy a new tank.) Since the cap tightens but is not on properly can I lose coolant? I see only drips on my driveway but the tank indicates more coolant was lost.
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If the cap is not sealing on the tank properly you will loose coolant and compromise the cooling system operation. It will not cool properly and you will get coolant loss.
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"The thread is ok on the tank, but the thread on the tank was crossed (so I need to buy a new tank."

That may make perfect sense to you...........

How about this idea..........find just where the "drips" are coming from and fix the problem.
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