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Old 12-04-2011, 11:34 PM
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Question AntiFreeze smell from Heat vents......

Hey guys.....I noticed my heat vents smellin like antifreeze and my windsheild foggin up and when I turn my defrost on it is barely warm. Could these symptoms indicate heater core trouble??.......Thanks ahead for your input!!.........................Ken
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Sure sounds like it could be the heater core leaking is your antifreeze level down on fluid at all ?
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Thanks RansRAM!!!!...... Yep.......But not alot.......I can't find a leak though.......Where is it goin??.............Ken
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Yep, that's the first place I'd be looking. It doesn't take much to create the smell and it's probably heating to the point of turning into steam, hence your windshield fogging up.
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Yep, that's the first place I'd be looking. It doesn't take much to create the smell and it's probably heating to the point of turning into steam, hence your windshield fogging up.
^^^^^ I agree, there is also a drain where the a/c condensation goes (bottom of firewall on pass side)
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Given the age of the truck, I would give a can of stop leak a try. A friend of mine fixd his by dumping a can of black pepper in his readiator. It lasted for years.
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I second that.

I'd give a good stop leak a try, just follow the instructions and make sure you turn the heat on to get it to circulate.
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Don't use that stop leak crap, it just makes more problems, get the part that failed fixed, next thing you gonna have a plugged rad and coolant passages.......seen it many times!!!
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The heater core in these trucks constantly circulates coolant. A vacum controled blend door mechanism allows the hot air to be dispensed.
Leaking coolant usually escapes from the floor vents as the core sits in a molded plastic recepticle in the "HVAC" unit.
You can try stop leak, but my experience feels that it creates more long term issues for short term gain.
You're simply going to have to replace the core. It is a pitax3 but can be done with a good selection of hand tools and a good bit of patience.
Several sites (google is your friend) can show you how to do the job without evacuating your a/c.
The best advice I can give is to do the job on level ground, or chock your wheels. Your e-brake and shift mechanism are rendered useless during the r&r.

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