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Coolant tank replacement- why go under the engine


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i have a coolant tank that is leaking on my 2000 boxster. I read several forums on how to remove the tank. it talks about going underneath the engine bay and removing the panels etc. I am puzzled. cant i just pry open the hose clamps and remove the coolant tank? or am i missing something? also the coolant is not green or pink but clear in color, very light amber. is this normal? i dont see any oil or anything in there... but i am very anxious. please help guys....

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I just did this and it was one of the most painful jobs I have done. It is worse than replacing the rear struts! You need to look under the engine cover to see if the clamps have been changed from the factory spring clamps. If not you have to go under the car to release the spring clamps and that involves removing the rear aluminum trans shield. Some have been successful without going underneath but I don't see how.

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