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Old April 18th, 2017, 08:00 AM   #1
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Coolant overflow bottle/bolt question

I remember recently seeing a pic somewhere here but couldn't find it now of course. On my '96 RT/10, and I'm sure on several other years, it was recommended to either remove and/or shorten the one bolt that holds the front bumper that is directly below the coolant recovery bottle in order to avoid possibly piercing the bottle if you happen to enter a steep driveway that would push the bumper up and into the coolant bottle. Starting from the bolt closest to the passenger front wheel as #1, is it the 2nd or 3rd bolt that needs to be addressed. I believe it was the 2nd bolt, but just wanted to double check. I can post a pic for further clarity if necessary.


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Old April 18th, 2017, 08:05 AM   #2
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Look for the 3 screws that hold the coolant bottle. The bottle is between their span. Transfer that location elsewhere as needed. Also, wasn't it one of the bottle mounting screws itself that was the problem? They are sharp on the end. The bumper attachment screws should be blunt on the end.
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If I recall correctly, it is the second one in. I think you may even be able to feel for it, under the overflow, through the fender liner plug.
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That is true, the bumper attachment screws are blunt on the end as opposed to sharp, but I guess with enough force, it could still puncture the bottle. Maybe I misunderstood which ones were being referenced. I will pull the fender access plug and see what I can feel around for, although again, I didn't think it was the coolant reservoir mounting hardware that presented the potential issue, but rather the fender attachment bolt underneath.
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Right under where you see the black repair dab on mine. It's the 3rd bolt out from the frame rail.
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It's probably a little different from viper to viper, but there's quite a bit of space between the bottom of my bottle and those bolts. Mine is a 2001. You can see where mine are in this picture...

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Aw Dean! That sucks!

LifeIsGood, Your coolant looks like urine...........nice!

Looks like if the front bumper scrapes or flexes on a speed bump or driveway approach; the bolt/screw can poke the reservoir.


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LifeIsGood, Your coolant looks like urine...........nice!
Wonder if it would pass the THC screen...
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Right under where you see the black repair dab on mine. It's the 3rd bolt out from the frame rail.
What's the motor still doing in that thing?










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What's the motor still doing in that thing?


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Too soon. Maybe this weekend.
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Wonder if it would pass the THC screen...
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