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    Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    I had read that there is a warning label that goes on the expansion tank. I did not have one on my car. I went to the dealer and sure enough, they had a label. So I purchased it. Now, I need to know exactly how it is configured when it is put on the tank. Anyone know?

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    Well that is awesome that they had it. Can you post a pic of what they sold you?


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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    I'll look and see if I have my original tank around that had the sticker still in place.

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    IIRC... the original white label with red lettering is NLA, but superceded to a newer version that is black with white lettering? However, I haven't looked at these for 10+ years so my memory might be off.

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    Update: EPC indicates the original may have been 124-584-05-40 (white/red), replaced by 210-584-07-21 (black/white). Photos attached from Google.

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    gsxr,

    Thanks for posting. I guess the first label is NLA. The second one is the one I purchased. Should I put it on?
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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

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    gsxr,

    Thanks for posting. I guess the first label is NLA. The second one is the one I purchased. Should I put it on?
    It depends. If you want the warning present for safety reasons, sure, put it on... it is functionally equivalent (i.e., has the same message) which is probably why MB superceded it.

    However, if you are trying to make the car "period correct" for shows or concours events, I'd leave it off. Sad part is, the plastic expansion tanks often need replacement after 20+ years and even if the original decal was in decent shape, it would be nearly impossible to transfer from an old tank to new.


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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    gsxr, Are you going to the Legends of the Autobahn next month? It would be nice to meet you for sure. You have a lot of 500e knowledge. As well as Gerry VZ and Captruff.

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    Quote Originally Posted by HowardK View Post
    gsxr, Are you going to the Legends of the Autobahn next month? It would be nice to meet you for sure. You have a lot of 500e knowledge. As well as Gerry VZ and Captruff.
    No, sorry, I am not able to attend. One of these years I would definitely like to make it! Gotta add that to the bucket list along with the Blue Ridge grand tour.


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    Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    Update: EPC indicates the original may have been 124-584-05-40 (white/red), replaced by 210-584-07-21 (black/white). Photos attached from Google.

    So the only different is the color?
    HowardK, can you scan it at 100% and send that to me? I'm in the process of replicating a few NLA labels for the 036. Hit me offline.

    Edit: Nevermind, logged in and saw the pics. Are the dimensions the same?
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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    On a parts hunt today I went looking for these stickers, got 2x from w124 models. These will clean up just fine. I got them off very, very slowy with gentle peeling. I intend to carefully clean the face of them then attach and cover over with clear sticky protective film slightly larger in size to keep them stuck on.

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Dave is missing out on so much of the .036 life....

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    Could you have them swing over my way as well? I'll go quietly

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    Quote Originally Posted by sheward View Post
    Could you have them swing over my way as well? I'll go quietly

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    JC220, Why didn't you just pull the whole expansion tank? Then you wouldn't have to worry about sticking it on to the existing tank Unless the tank was bad. It appears that the new sticker is the same size as the original.

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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    The expansion tanks have a limited lifespan, the plastic gets brittle from years of high temps. It's a common item to replace as preventive maintenance after ~20 years or so, along with a coolant flush (and a new level sensor that plugs into the tank, and a new cap). I think the stickers are often missing long before this time though.


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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    Quote Originally Posted by HowardK View Post
    JC220, Why didn't you just pull the whole expansion tank? Then you wouldn't have to worry about sticking it on to the existing tank Unless the tank was bad. It appears that the new sticker is the same size as the original.
    Because they were old and yellow tanks. No tanks

    Not worth taking home I just wanted the stickers in particular since they are NLA now
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    Re: Warniing Label on Expansion Tank

    And believe it or not, the “thicker“ you run the coolant mixture, the faster they age. Boneheads that put pure anti-freeze in them find them destroyed in short order. Same for the coolant level sensors, etc. They should never be subjected to a greater than 50/50 glycol to water mix.
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