Very true... Careful of the other pipes
This happened to me too- broke another pipe while trying to coerce the bottom pipe back onto the new expansion tank.
Originally Posted by musa
Same thing happened to my X5 2005 4.4 sports at 85k miles around 6 months ago. Replaced it but in process broke connection to radiator. Be careful as you do the replacement.
I actually think my leak was caused not by a broken expansion tank, but by the bottom pipe not being correctly seated onto the tank- I still can't get it back on to where I think it should seat.
Lesson learned here- check your pipes are correctly seated before ordering a new tank.
Also- I'm in complete agreement with the others here- having inspected the pipes- they are really brittle and I'm replacing them all now. 60k miles in SoCal has taken it's toll.
Thanks for the help and advice!