Coolant Expansion Tank (Aluminum) [Vanagon]

Works With:1983-1991
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Requires some hand & power tools and minimal mechanical knowledge.

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$269.95 - $281.49

Proposition 65: This product may contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
Self-certified made in USA of U.S. and imported parts

Aluminum Coolant Expansion Tank with a modern all-metal level sensor.

If you want to replace your tank and sensor and forget about it, this is the tank for you. Every tank is hand-assembled and welded right here in the good ol' US of A. This hand made all-aluminum coolant expansion tank features a sight glass that is visible from behind the license plate, and installs right into your original bracket. The installation couldn't be easier!

Fits: All 1983-91 Vanagon watercooled models, including Syncro. Not for Diesel!

Made in the USA!
• Durable aluminum construction
• Includes an all-metal GoWesty level sensor - GoWesty exclusive
• Internal fluid control sensor column eliminates false low level alarms - GoWesty exclusive
• Sight glass for accurate coolant level readings (visible behind the license plate) - GoWesty exclusive
• Installs perfectly into the original tank bracket - GoWesty exclusive
• Complete kit - includes tank, pressure cap, level sensor, installation hardware, and detailed instructions

What's so bad about the original-style plastic tanks and level sensors?
For years Vanagon plastic coolant expansion tanks and level sensors have been the source of great disappointment. This is not because the original design was flawed. In fact, the original VW-made parts were known to last well over twenty-years. The disappointment began when the original VW-produced parts became obsolete, and many different manufacturers started making aftermarket parts, most of which are junk. Some tanks would literally melt the first time the engine got up to temperature. And all bets are off on the plastic level sensors that are currently available, which have a nasty habit of cracking and blowing right out of the top of the tank! If you still have a plastic tank that is serviceable, we offer an all-metal Coolant Level Sensor Conversion Kit to fit our all-metal sensor on a plastic tank (this sensor is included with our metal tank). But the best choice is to bite the bullet and go all metal!

Tech tip: the original plastic coolant level sensor would eventually leak fluid into the electrical “sealed” plug causing the metal terminals to corrode. It is very common for the coolant level warning system to still does not work after a new sensor is installed due to the corroded terminals. So, if you are on the fence about switching to our all-metal sensor because you don’t want to cut wires and mess with terminals—just jump over that fence already because you will have to no matter what!

Note: Switching to a GoWesty metal tank is for longevity, as it will outlast any plastic tank. No tank can fix the “my plastic tank is filling with ‘air’, blowing up like a balloon, and my overflow tank is overflowing!” symptom. That is not the tank’s fault. You likely have other issues, like overheating or a head gasket issue. 

Lifetime warranty on the tank: If your metal GoWesty coolant tank fails for any reason, simply send back only the tank and we will send you a new one!

Note: This warranty covers only the tank. We ask that you send only your warranty tank, and we send you a bare tank onto which you will install all peripheral parts. These peripheral tank parts are warranted for 12 months, with replacements available separately if/as needed.

Coolant Expansion Tank (Aluminum) [Vanagon] Wrench Rating

Handy — Requires some hand & power tools and minimal mechanical knowledge.

All Wrench Ratings

Plug 'n' Play — Requires no or basic hand tools and no mechanical knowledge.

Handy — Requires some hand & power tools and minimal mechanical knowledge.

DIY — Requires a full tool set and broad mechanical knowledge.

Pro — Requires professional-level tools, talent and experience.

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