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Old 03-21-2020, 12:25 PM   #1
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Radiator plastic crack

Getting ready in front of house for first trip in 2003 Winnebago Journey the motors plastic radiator fill or over flow not sure what its called has a couple pin hole near the bottom on the side. Is there a simple fix of some kind of additive or sealer on outside.
It's SATURDAY MY RV mechanic is closed.
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Old 03-21-2020, 12:38 PM   #2
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JB Weld makes a plastic 'bonder' that might get you through until you can replace the tank. I'd do something like that and once it's cured and you can see that it's not leaking then put some super strong tape over the bond. Some thing like this
https://www.amazon.com/3311-Silver-A.../dp/B00O9R4K7O
or even Eternabond if you happen to have some lying about. Anything to work as a back up to the primary fix.
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Old 03-21-2020, 01:47 PM   #3
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It's called a surge tank IF you have a Freightliner chassis. They run around $125, takes a shop around 3 hours to replace it if you give them guidance. They do age out and weep but usually don't leak, which gives time to get around to doing the job at your leisure. (But...I did read about people who had to be towed when it leaked big time). I used Eternabond tape (found in the paint department of Home Depot) to seal mine up so I could drive another 3600 miles or so. And when it was time to replace, I did the job myself...Surge Tank replacement
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Old 03-21-2020, 02:45 PM   #4
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Tanks are different for the Cat and Cumins.

I replaced mine for a Cumins 8.3 ISC with a metal tank from Freightliner, Not a hard job just ordinary tools and an hour or so.

When I first found the plastic tank weeping, I syphoned the tank dry, sanded the area and applied JB Weld. It held from RGV TX to Albuquerque. That was the closest in stock tank I could find. April 2016 $239.19
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May be able to melt hole closed with a soldering iron i've melted ,welded many plastic items back together.
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Old 03-21-2020, 06:27 PM   #6
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Thank You it was really nice that you included click on sites
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:12 PM   #7
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Radiator Surge Tank

I was surprised I called two places one has 4 and the other has 3 in stock.
Here is the part number. 05-17750-000. Cost plus tax $ 98.95.
I picked one up after I install it, if I find any tricks will post again.
Thank You all for your in put.
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Old 03-29-2020, 04:40 PM   #8
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Expansion tank

There been a number of listings about the tank pain in the neck to get in and out when you replace it use what they call t bolts. You can get home by releasing the pressure on a radiator cap it will stop leaking.
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Kbwitt.
What engine do you have?
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Getting ready in front of house for first trip in 2003 Winnebago Journey the motors plastic radiator fill or over flow not sure what its called has a couple pin hole near the bottom on the side. Is there a simple fix of some kind of additive or sealer on outside.
It's SATURDAY MY RV mechanic is closed.
I had an '05 with the same problem. I bought a new tank from Freightliner. Not cheap. If you can get the tank off without destroying it, because it may be a bit fragile, you can dry it and wrap it with Gorilla Tape. I think it is water proof. Fill the tank with distilled water when you reinstall it. It might be a good time to replace your antifreeze if it is over 5 years old. See if you can find a replacement tank at a truck bone yard. I had to do some mounting mods to get the new tank to mount.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:57 PM   #11
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Go up a couple of posts. I solved the problem at a cost of about $110. For new. I would never go through that much labor to put in a used one. I will paint most of the front of this one and a drop material also to shade it.
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I was surprised I called two places one has 4 and the other has 3 in stock.
Here is the part number. 05-17750-000. Cost plus tax $ 98.95.
I picked one up after I install it, if I find any tricks will post again.
Thank You all for your in put.
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Ken,
You found those tanks, like the one in the picture, for ONLY $98????? If they're the same as the picture, that's a STEAL! I replaced mine 7 years ago at a cost of $134.00 NOT including tax. I'd almost buy another one and hide it for safe keeping at that price.
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