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I have a tiny crack in my coolant overflow tank, and I want to replace it. According to the FSM, I should be able to lift it straight up, and it should pop out of the fan shroud. It doesn't seem to want to come out, and I feel like I'm going to break it around where it fits into the shroud.
I'm not worried about breaking this one, since it's done anyway, but any tricks to taking it off?
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On mine there is a sort of button as well and a corresponding hole in the shroud that the button fits into and locks the overflow tank in place. When im taking it off i just use a big screwdriver and wedge it between the shroud and tank at about the middle of the tank an i can usually pull it right out.
The button everyone mentions is the key. I have taken mine off twice with no tools just putting my fingers on the tank and thumbs on the shroud. Push the shroud in the right spot and pull outward on the tank to clear the button and it lifts right off. First time it took me a while and I was enjoying your same frustration until I leaned my head in there and saw what I was working against.
1997 Dodge Ram 1500 5.9L V8 4x4
Hughes Plenum Plate Magnaflow CAT
172K+ miles and only owner