Remote reservior with warning switch - A cautionary tale

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Remote reservior with warning switch - A cautionary tale

Post by petew » Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:24 am

Right. So I "need" a warning switch to comply with ridiculous nanny state local laws we have. I installed one of these...

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/230545265530?ul_noapp=true

But the fluid leaked around the plastic fittings in the rubber bungs. I need a better solution.

Does anyone have an OEM option that would replace a regular VW style twin circuit reservior? I've found a couple of weird things like 99' renault megane and 99-05' ford focus. But they don't seem to be easily found down here in Australia. Other ideas? I'm getting sick of this and just want to finish the damn car. (In truth I'd sell it today).
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Re: Remote reservior with warning switch?

Post by ps2375 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:42 am

Wouldn't a factory VW reservoir from a 80'sor 90's waterpumper work? You might be able to connect hose directly to it.

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Post by petew » Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:08 pm

Need a specific car model please. I found one for a Mk1 golf, but they're out of stock and special order. I guess that means they're not made anymore.

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Post by ps2375 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:27 pm

MkII or MkIII is pn 1H1611301A for bottle, cap is pn v1H1611349D

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Post by petew » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:12 am

Right, I've got a replacement. I'll post some pics and such soon. Talk about a cautionary tale. :(

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Post by petew » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:07 am

In the pics below, you'll see two identical reservoirs. Well, almost...
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This is the only real big clue to the real deal.
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Along with some well hidden part numbers on the rubber seals underneath...
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Both came with level switches on the lids.
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I bought the Chinese (I think) unit from Motorsport Tools UK on Ebay. It cost me AU$53 including shipping from the UK to Australia. The other one was bought locally from Motorsport Connections for AU$220. OUCH! Now, in reality, the only real faulty part on the cheap kit was the rubber seals. However, you can't find them on the net and the original supplier doesn't carry spares either. So, watch out. It seemed a good deal to me, but in the end, it's been two more weeks with my car off the road and brake fluid everywhere. All let down by 2 cheap seals I can't find a replacement for. I still have to install the new part and bleed the whole brake system. :(

Motorsport Tools UK has offered me a refund which is good, but I suspect I'll still be out of pocket for shipping.
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Re: Remote reservior with warning switch - A cautionary tale

Post by ps2375 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:27 pm

Won't hurt to check on shipping. Make them deal with their junk.

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Re: Remote reservior with warning switch - A cautionary tale

Post by andy198712 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:39 pm

if you need help shipping from the UK and think a local can post it cheaper just send me a PM, happy to help

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Post by petew » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:36 pm

Thanks Andy. I sent it off last week. Dunno if it's turned up there yet. I'm hoping the supplier is going to be helpful. They've made most of the right noises so far. Let's see if they follow through. ;)

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