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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 2010, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Radiator cap removal

I've a slow leak of coolant. The repair shop suggested changing the radiator cap, so I bought a new one. The old cap will turn counter clockwise (but only with the help of a very large plumbers vise grip) and loosen, but will not come off. Is there a special tool for removing the cap? Should I tighten it back and pay a professional to do the cap replacement? Thanks if someone will help me with this. 2005 R50, not S model. I read the post by dakini below "need help disecting coolant problem" and it was very helpfull, but I still need to replace the radiator cap with the new one.
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You need to turn it anti clockwise whilst pushing it down it will turn so far then feel like its stuck, push down on it and turn it again another 1/4 turn and you should then be able to remove it.

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