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Old 06-08-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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Replacing plastic radiator overflow bottle V10

After a quick preflight before returning home after trip to Savannah I noted small pin hole leak in radiator ovetflow bottle for my V10...stopped in rv dealer and they do not stock. Order would take two weeks @ $145. Bit steep for a plastic jug. Temporary repaired to get home but spider cracks all over so I did want to replace as soon as possible. Called a large Ford Truck dealer while passing thru North Florida. They had one in stock.... $147.95....soooo...DW goes on line and BOOM....$49.95 from Auto Parts Dist., San Barnardino, CA. Shipped same day at my door in three days. Happy camper now......(excuse the pun).....just thought I would share as probably an item that eventually needs replacing...
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I got mine at a local Auto Parts store, off the shelf!

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I replaced mine on my freightliner. The OEM was a couple hundred bucks. Found a exact replacement from Amazon made by Dorman for like 79.00 shipped
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Some of the higher prices are to cover the lawyers fees. Believe it not these are "high liability" items. I do not know why, but am guessing possible scalding incidents.

NAPA does not sell them at all. Hasn't for about 25 years.
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Ford part.

New Ford Radiator Powertrain Overflow Coolant Expansion Tank 4C2Z 8A080 BC | eBay

I didn't find the 49 dollar one.
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Best place I've found for non-RV parts: rockauto.com

And real easy to find them.
Coolant Recovery Tank for mine is $47.95
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When I needed to replace the overflow tank for our MH, and the dealer asked near $300 for a new one, I went shopping and bought a generic one from Carquest for $17. It is not quite as large but does the job at hand.
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I used a one gallon windshield washer jug. Large zip tie, two pieces of wood to raise to correct height. Cost, zero. ☺

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The plastic coolant tank on V10 models is NOT an overflow bottle. It is a pressurized expansion tank and operates at cooling system pressure. Replacing with a windshield washer jug or other generic container simply will not work in this application.
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I used a one gallon windshield washer jug. Large zip tie, two pieces of wood to raise to correct height. Cost, zero. ☺

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Although I agree with you on the cheap beer, remind me not to buy a used vehicle from you...
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