The coolant recover reservoir tank doesn't heat up unless coolant is flowing into it out of the radiator, which does not normally happen.
There should be a hose going to it from right under the edge of the radiator cap housing,
and above the flange where the cap seals the radiator.
The hose to the recovery tank then goes under the battery to the tank.
When the engine cools, a slight vacuum is formed in the cooling system which pulls coolant from the tank back into the radiator via the hose.
Radiators are the same for autos and manuals, the fittings for an auto are plugged on a radiator in a manual car.
96 T/A, Black/Graphite Leather, T-Tops, 6 speed, 10 speaker Delco/Bose "Monsoon"
Original owner, 196k miles and counting.
Total engine rebuild at 187,020 miles. AIR delete, bored .030 over.
Comp cams Xtreme Energy LT1 266HR-14 street cam and springs.
Custom leather interior at 190k miles. Total repaint 193k Miles
Last edited by NavyVet; 04-24-2013 at 07:53 PM.