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How much does Coolant Reservoir Replacement cost?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2003 Nissan Xterra $172 $101.94 $70.00 17% $209.44
2003 Chrysler Voyager $197 $126.96 $70.00 15% $234.46
2005 Ford E-350 Super Duty $242 $172.47 $70.00 13% $279.97
2011 Audi A3 $145 $75.38 $70.00 20% $182.88
2009 Cadillac Escalade $168 $98.01 $70.00 18% $205.51
2004 Maserati Spyder $2357 $2287.05 $70.00 1% $2394.55
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Coolant Reservoir Replacement Service

What is the Coolant Reservoir all about?

Cooling systems on vehicles are meant to remove heat from critical engine components. The fluid or coolant that circulates through the system carries the heat out of the engine to the radiator, where air flow dissipates the heat it contains. A natural reaction to the heat which the fluid experiences is expansion. If the fluid in the cooling system is at the full mark when the engine is cold, the volume will be greater when the fluid is hot due to expansion. Because the cooling system is closed and pressurized when hot, the excess hot coolant needs to go somewhere. It is pushed into a surge tank, or an overflow tank, where it remains until the engine cools down. When the engine cools, the contraction from the fluid still in the system creates a vacuum and the surge tank’s hose draws the coolant back into the system. If the coolant surge tank is cracked or broken, the coolant will leak onto the ground. An airlock will form in the cooling system when the surge tank hose only draws in air instead of coolant.

Keep in mind:

  • Engine coolant is extremely hot when the engine is at operating temperature. Never open the cooling system when the engine is hot.
  • The surge tank should be flushed when the coolant is being changed out.

How it's done:

  • The coolant is drained into a suitable container and the coolant recovery reservoir cap is removed.

  • The old coolant recovery reservoir is disconnected from all of the hoses hoses and pulled free of the vehicle.

  • The new coolant recovery reservoir is installed into the vehicle and secured. The coolant hoses are installed and secured using new clamps.

  • The coolant is refilled and purged of air as per manufacturer recommendation.

  • The vehicle coolant recovery reservoir is checked for leaks and proper operation.

Our recommendation:

The surge tank itself should never need attention unless it is damaged or broken. Excess engine heat may also warp the container, though it is not common. If your coolant surge tank is broken or leaking, have one of our expert mechanics replace it.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Coolant Reservoir?

  • Coolant leaking onto the ground when engine is hot.
  • Engine overheats due to an airlock.

How important is this service?

The surge tank is part of the cooling system. It may seem to be auxiliary, but it is essential to proper operation. If the surge tank leaks coolant out, an airlock will form in the engine and it could overheat, causing damage. If your surge tank is broken, have it replaced as soon as possible to prevent further issues.

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Kurt

35 years of experience
17 reviews
Kurt
35 years of experience
Wasn't so happy about the additional labor costs but am thrilled with the work. He's a good mechanic who I'm sure I'll be using again.
2010 JAGUAR XF - COOLANT RESERVOIR - BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

Ben

38 years of experience
829 reviews
Ben
38 years of experience
Stellar Service! Ben Smith in Houston, Tx. was exactly what I prayed for! Being a female with no experience at all on cars- I was indeed leery. However, the moment this guy pulled up and asked questions about the car and started checking my car from the front to the rear I felt at peace. As he dove into my issue on my VW CC- I felt even better. I had read his reviews and had asked specifically for him due to his ratings and let me tell...you every single word the Customers before me mentioned about him; was indeed true and much more! His credentials ARE AMAZING! NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT THIS GUY SERVED OUR COUNTRY! HE IS ALSO A MARINE! I FELT LIKE I RECIEVED A GOLD STAR FOR HAVING CHOOSEN HIM. I AM INDEED A LIFER. "YOUR MECHANIC", HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY ADDED TO MY CALENDAR AND LOCKED IN MY PHONE (SPEED DIAL OF COURSE). OH AND DID I MENTION THE PRICING WAS BETTER THAN MOST QUOTES I HAVE RECEIVED! THANKS FOR YOUR AMAZING SERVICE BEN! YOUR COMPANY HAS A CERTIFIED DIAMOND! SIGNED A LIFER Ms. Proctor
2013 VOLKSWAGEN CC - COOLANT RESERVOIR - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Joseph

24 years of experience
306 reviews
Joseph
24 years of experience
Always the professional. Answers all my questions and gives helpful hints to keep my vehicle running smoothly.
2013 CHEVROLET CAPTIVA SPORT - COOLANT RESERVOIR - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Jonathan

32 years of experience
172 reviews
Jonathan
32 years of experience
Jonathan was very polite, professional, and took care of the problems. He addressed all the concerns I had and answered any questions. He gave me answers concerning other problem we have with a second vehicle that was a great insight from a knowledgeable mechanic. Thank you for helping and coming today it was a pleasure meeting you and we would recommend you for future services as well.
2015 CHEVROLET SPARK - COOLANT RESERVOIR - SPRING HILL, FLORIDA

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