996 Continued

After looking into a coolant light issue, we found the coolant tank was pretty much empty. The tanks are prone to cracking in the 996’s, usually along the backside or bottom near the level sensor. They aren’t a ton of fun to get out, not difficult, but it takes some manipulation to get it angled just right to come out. When you replace the tank you want to also install an updated radiator cap (black vs. the original blue cap).

There it is, stuck back in the corner.

First remove the SAI pump.

Then disconnect all the coolant lines and two fuel lines.

You can see the coolant has been leaking for awhile.

And out of the car finally. It takes a partial motor drop to accomplish it.

Looks like it had been leaking from the backside.

Getting the tank out isn’t as bad once you remove the coolant level sensor. The problem is you can’t just drop it out the bottom without moving the tank around is because of the black plastic bracket holding the large coolant pipe to the body. Getting the sensor back in takes nimble fingers.

And the new tank in place.

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Kevin A

December 15, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Wow. WHAT an ordeal! Every time I think about cashing in a few CD’s to buy a 996 or 997, I see something like this. So much for DIY. A partial motor drop to get it out? Really? Yowza.

    porschedoc

    December 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Meh, partial engine drops aren’t hard and it buys you a bit of room when working on things.

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