Coolant Resevoir tank


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Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by bmccat » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:31 pm



I was checking the level of my coolant the other day and I accidentally dropped the straw-like plastic extender in my coolant reservoir tank. I've not been able to get it out. Will it hurt to leave it in there?



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Re: Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by terryt » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:36 pm

If it was mine I would get it out even if I had to take off the coolant tank.
As you say its plastic try filling the tank with water to over flowing to see if that floats it up and out

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Re: Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by thrasherg » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:18 pm

I believe that plastic straw is in there so that as the cooling system cools down the radiator can pull coolant back into the main radiator via the pressure release cap. If you don't have the straw it will pull back air rather than coolant and you risk to start getting air into the cooling system. It is not an immediate hazard bit unless you regularly check the radiator water level, you could end up with a lot of air in the cooling system over time and then start seeing damage due to a lack of coolant. I would try and get the straw out if you can, but otherwise I would purchase another straw and fit it and leave the old one in the expansion tank, it wont do any harm and the new straw will allow the cooling system to work correctly and pull coolant back to the radiator.

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Re: Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:21 pm

It is a critical part which provides the radiator coolant at full level.
When the coolant heats up it expands in volume and travels into the expansion tank, then after it cools down it should go back into the radiator through that plastic straw. Otherwise the radiator will suck air inside which is not good for engine cooling.

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Re: Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by bmccat » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:24 pm

thrasherg wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:18 pm
I believe that plastic straw is in there so that as the cooling system cools down the radiator can pull coolant back into the main radiator via the pressure release cap. If you don't have the straw it will pull back air rather than coolant and you risk to start getting air into the cooling system. It is not an immediate hazard bit unless you regularly check the radiator water level, you could end up with a lot of air in the cooling system over time and then start seeing damage due to a lack of coolant. I would try and get the straw out if you can, but otherwise I would purchase another straw and fit it and leave the old one in the expansion tank, it wont do any harm and the new straw will allow the cooling system to work correctly and pull coolant back to the radiator.

Gary
The plastic straw that I'm talking about is one that was an extender to the coolant tester that I was using. It slipped off and fell into the tank.

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Re: Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:37 pm

Ok then, second degree alarm.

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Re: Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by thrasherg » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:06 pm

bmccat wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:24 pm
thrasherg wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:18 pm
I believe that plastic straw is in there so that as the cooling system cools down the radiator can pull coolant back into the main radiator via the pressure release cap. If you don't have the straw it will pull back air rather than coolant and you risk to start getting air into the cooling system. It is not an immediate hazard bit unless you regularly check the radiator water level, you could end up with a lot of air in the cooling system over time and then start seeing damage due to a lack of coolant. I would try and get the straw out if you can, but otherwise I would purchase another straw and fit it and leave the old one in the expansion tank, it wont do any harm and the new straw will allow the cooling system to work correctly and pull coolant back to the radiator.

Gary
The plastic straw that I'm talking about is one that was an extender to the coolant tester that I was using. It slipped off and fell into the tank.
Sorry, I completely misunderstood which straw, still try and get it out if you can, but it will do no harm at all if left in there..

Gary

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Re: Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by Fiberthree » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:34 pm

Unless it blocks the bottom of the factory tube... Far fetched but probable.





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Re: Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by bmccat » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:57 pm

I have a pretty long scissor clamp that I may try to get hold of it with. I just can’t see it.

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Re: Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:29 pm

You could use a syringe to empty the tank first and then try to see it.

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Re: Coolant Resevoir tank

Post by terryt » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:16 pm

You wont see it as the tank is wider part way down than the top section. have a look at the picture. I would try filling it up to the narrow part. then shine a torch in to see if you can see it to get hold of.

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