Re: [DML] Coolant Bottle Failure Mode
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Re: [DML] Coolant Bottle Failure Mode

Hi Dave

I'm in the "keep stainless away from my cooling system" camp too, so the 
bottles we have made are hand-welded from the same stuff our rad guy 
uses to fabricate metal end tanks for our aluminium radiators. They're 
done in a simple satin black finish, and we have an extra barb fitted to 
the rear end to allow a direct hook up to the water pump bleed screw - 
aka the self-bleed kit, but a lot neater. Here's a photo

I've seen bottles that have exploded. Bottles that are cracked up so 
badly you can pull chunks out with your thumbnail, and bottles that look 
absoilutely perfect but leak from the original seam along the bottom.

Best Wishes


drdhdmd wrote:

>Is there any trend in the way coolant bottles fail?  I thought I 
>previosly read that the ones that failed, did so early.  Does that mean 
>mine that has 80 - 100K miles is relatively immune to failure or is it 
>a ticking time bomb?
>Are there any replacements still out there other than the stainless 
>steel models?
>Any known  / documented cross references to plastic one so you can 
>still view the water level without opening the cap?
>D² & 6530
>Dave Delman

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