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How to Replace the Coolant Recovery Tank in a Dodge Durango

    Remove Old Tank

    • 1). Pick up the universal fit Champ #9-1663 coolant recovery tank at a local auto parts store. The recovery tank is located to the side of the radiator. You will see the coolant recovery tank connecting to the radiator by way of a single hose.

    • 2). Move the air filter box (and the old tank's cap) out of the way and put aside to use later. Place a bowl-like container beneath the old reservoir. Take out the stovepipe by loosening the clamps with a flathead screwdriver.

    • 3). Suck out the old coolant with a fluid hand pump. Squirt this coolant into an empty coolant bottle to use later.

    • 4). Remove the four bolts that hold the coolant recovery tank on the brackets with a 10mm wrench. Now, tilt the old Dodge Durango reservoir at an angle and loosen the three hose clamps.

    Install the New Tank

    • 1). Look for the two zip ties that hold the electric cable and vent hose in place. You will probably need to use a heavy-duty flashlight. Release the bolts holding the front-mounting bracket and completely take off the rear-mounting bracket.

    • 2). Replace the rear-mounting bracket, but don't tighten the bolts. You will need to move the cable out of the way.

    • 3). Maneuver the new coolant recovery tank around in the space where you removed the old reservoir. If the new coolant recovery tank doesn't fit, sand any rough areas with coarse sandpaper. Put in the front reservoir bolts, leaving them loose. Install the rear bolts and tighten them.

    • 4). Put the lower feed hose into place and tighten the clamp (replace the clamp or hose, if necessary). Next, do the same with the upper return hose. Follow up by putting the vent line hose in place. Apply lubricant on the seals that meet the cap on the tank.

    • 5). Add the leftover coolant. If you need more coolant, use a mixture that is 1:1 antifreeze and water until the recovery tank is just over half full. Put the coolant recovery cap in place and hand tighten it.

    • 6). Mount the air filter package in place, and put the stovepipe back onto the Dodge Durango. Take the vehicle for a test drive, and then check for leaks and correct any problems you find.

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