The coolant reservoir retainer is one of those components in your car that we often take for granted up until they break down. One of the many mounting components found in the automobile, the coolant reservoir helps keep the coolant reservoir– the tank that stores the coolant– in place. Coolant reservoir retainers usually last as long as the car they were installed in, but oftentimes, damage and deterioration can cut their life short. And once the retainer is broken, the coolant reservoir is at risk of falling off and getting damaged as well. In this guide, we’re going to share some tips on buying replacement coolant reservoir retainers for your car.
Should I buy a used retainer?
Buying a replacement coolant reservoir retainer can put a significant dent on your wallet, especially if you purchased one that’s OEM. And it’s because of this that we often consider buying used car parts instead of brand new ones. But while buying a used coolant reservoir retainer can save you some money, it won’t do you any good if it does not work or fit properly. What’s more, used coolant reservoir retainers usually don’t have a warranty compared to brand-new retainers sold in stores.
Purchasing a used reservoir retainer may be a good solution if you are short on cash or for emergency repairs. But in the long run, we recommend buying a brand-new retainer instead.
- Be sure that you know the exact specifications of the retainer you want to buy. Keep in mind that different cars have different retainers, so you need to buy one that matches yours. Compare the old, broken retainer with the new one to check the specs.
- Be sure to ask if the part is returnable. In case you bought the wrong kind of retainer, all you really have to do is tell the sellers and ask for the right one.