Expansion tank meaning

Expansion tank definition

When the engine is heated, the coolant expands to fill any available space (usually in the radiator ). Before the introduction of coolant expansion tanks, the excess coolant was forced out of a vent tube and on the ground. The expansion tank collects the coolant so that when the engine cools off, the resultant vacuum sucks the coolant from the tank back into the radiator .

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