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Well I got the leaking coolant tank on my '99. Im going to replace it myself this weekend, using the dyi, my only question is on the bleeding. Since I have a tiptronic is there anyting special I need to do in the bleeding process for the cooling of the transmision?

TIA..... :)

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I don't know if the DIY suggests the use of those turkey basting pans...but I bought two of them and they allowed me to capture all the coolant so I could put it back...you can bend the pans to form a V in order to pour the coolant back into a container. If that technique is in the DIY....I'm sorry for the redundancy.

Also...be careful with the sensor probe on the bottom of the tank...if you break it, it's only about a $20 part from Sunset.

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turkey basting pans...b If that technique is in the DIY....I'm sorry for the redundancy.

Also...be careful with the sensor probe on the bottom of the tank...if you break it, it's only about a $20 part from Sunset.

The turkey basting pan suggestion is in the DIY .... but I missed the part about the fluid draining with GREAT force. It will splash everywhere if you are not careful. Best to hold the pan close until few inches has accumulated in the pan, then set the pan on the ground.

On the sensor: I simply could not rotate the old tank out with the sensor in place .... nor rotate in the new one in with it in place. Sufficient info is in the DIY to help you remove / replace the sensor blindly by reaching under while the tank is in place.

Good luck.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Well Just to let you guys know, did it this weekend, the DIY is right on with everyting. On some note, getting that tank in and out of there is just a **** pain, but the DIY warns you not to lose it LOL. I broke the sensor, but I bought one with the tank just in case, so it went in well. As soon as I finished I noticed my passenger side window regulator is busted since the window doesn't drop the 1/2" so more DIY for me soon.

Thank god for renntech, saved me a bunch of cash.. :renntech:

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Nothing special - you do have an extra radiator, but it will bleed with the rest of the system.

Loren, quick question regarding 'The bleed valve' - Should it raise itself when the car has been running? I just replaced my expansion tank following your bleed method, and after a few drives with the metal part of the valve pointing upwards, I put it back down again and all seems fine - I then noticed after driving, that the black part of the bleeder valve was extended up a little (not the metal part) Is this normal? Is it allowing air out by itself? I then carefully unscrewed the lid, let some air out, and watched the black part sink back down again - Normal?

Thanks indeed


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