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Question Cooling system issue

2001 Boxster 126000 miles.

The following work had been performed, at the shop, within the past 8 months:
New coolant tank, and coolant
New oil separator
Spark plugs and coils
O2 sensors - all
Clutch

Problem:

I was driving up I-95, 75 mph, engine temp between 180-185, smooth drive. Heard a loud pop. Low coolant light on, temp goes up to max 250 degrees. After pulling off the interstate, I opened the rear trunk to find a hole had blown through the coolant tank itself. Obviously, the over pressurized coolant had super heated enough to weaken the plastic walls of the coolant tank, thus following the path of least resistance and blowing a hole in the side of the tank.

Up until this point the car ran great. I am suspect of a failing head gasket.

Please all advise welcome!!

Thank you in advance.
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Question What Happened next???

Sorry to hear about your troubles. What happened next? Fans working? Clogged rad? Water pump? If it blew a hole in a new coolant tank then there's obviously too much pressure. Would really like to find out what happened. Best of luck hope it gets sorted soon
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New Water pump and Thermostat, but I do not think the shop got any excess air out of the lines when they filled the coollant back up to normal levels. That is my thought, but can't prove it. Fans are fine. I have since installed a new tank and will properly drain the coollant and properly load the collant with a vaccuum pump. Does any good brand of 50/50 coolant work, as I noticed the coolant installed at the shop was green, not pink?

Thanks for the assistance.
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good news then

Coolant should be fine. Just use distilled drinking water (not mineral water) and throw in a bottle of Redline Water Wetter for god measure (around 9 bucks). Good luck
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Redline Water Wetter is a complete waste of money, plus it diminishes the life expectancy of the OEM coolant.
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Redline Water Wetter is a complete waste of money, plus it diminishes the life expectancy of the OEM coolant.
Roger that. Water Wetter is intended for use in race only vehicles which are not running any antifreeze, just straight H2O.
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