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Old 10 Jul 2012, 11:50 pm
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I recently purchased a new coolant recovery tank because you could no longer see the coolant through the build up of grime inside the tank. After tearing my radiator apart to satisfy my curiosity as to how plugged it was, I turned my attention to the tank. It's design makes using a wipe or a brush from doing any good. Mine was covered with rust stains. Not wanting to throw it out if I could clean it, here is what I found.
Rinse it out as best you can and drain it. Pour a bottle of hydrogen peroxide into the bottle with a hand full of pea gravel, put the lid on, and shake vigorously. Shake the tank so the the pea gravel is hitting each side until it is clean. Drain the peroxide and rinse the bottle. Put a few drops of dish-washing liquid in the tank along with another handful of pea gravel. Shake as before to remove any grime that is left. Rinse until all soap has been cleaned from the tank.
Mine doesn't look new, but it is a serviceable spare.
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Old 11 Jul 2012, 12:11 am
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Really an interesting cleaning idea. I have never thought of using hydrogen peroxide as a plastic cleaner. But it makes sense and is not harmful to the plastic!
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Old 12 Jul 2012, 10:13 pm
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Sounds like a plan. The one in my kids 01 sounds as bad as yours was, maybe worse, I think the original owner used some sort of stop leak. Too bad I bought a new one a long while ago, still haven't put it on though, kid not visitinig as often now shes finished college and married. Sure hope the gravel isn't too expensive, have all the other stuff --- hahaha!
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Old 12 Jul 2012, 11:28 pm
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i stuck the powerwasher in mine at the carwash
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These tanks offer a supple, light and form appropriate design. It is easy to haul around, lightweight, and very form fitting to any setting they may be wanted to be used in. These flexible water tank options are typically made of tough abrasion resistant nylon on the exterior, meaning they are offer the best excellence, which will last you for years of usage.
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