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Old December 13th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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Antifreeze leak and bad smell


Noticed a horrible smell a few weeks ago in my car and spent a good hour looking around for a dead rat or something Then I get home from school and the coolant light is on so I throw some in. About a week later (today) the coolant light came on again and it's pretty low. I also made the connection that the horrible dying smell smells exactly like my coolant. What's going on here?
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Old December 13th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #2
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There is a dead animal located somewhere inaccessible in the car. The coolant leak is just coincidence.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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any white smoke? wet carpet under dash?
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Old December 13th, 2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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No white smoke and I didn't notice any wetness, I'll have to go out and check to be sure later.
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sounds like a heater core
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Old December 13th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #6
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A rat chewed a hole through your heater core and died, bam both questions answered.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 08:56 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by faym 08 View Post
any white smoke? wet carpet under dash?
Just went out and checked, the carpet is definitely wet. Also, the smell is coming from the a/c vents.

I'm getting kinda worried now...
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Old December 13th, 2012, 09:26 PM   #8
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All signs point to heater core.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #9
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F#^k. No way in hell am I going to pull that thing out myself. Time to drop more $$$
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Old December 13th, 2012, 09:58 PM   #10
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All signs point to heater core.
bingo those suck make sure before you take it doen its not a cracked hose where it comes thru the firewall just to be sure
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Old December 13th, 2012, 10:22 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by phayze View Post
F#^k. No way in hell am I going to pull that thing out myself. Time to drop more $$$
Just do it. Just take your time and pull the dash out. It's definitely worth saving the $$$! The heater core should be but a little over $100, and labor will be $600+. SAVE YOUR MONEY!
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Old December 13th, 2012, 10:24 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by phayze View Post
F#^k. No way in hell am I going to pull that thing out myself. Time to drop more $$$
Just do it man. The labor to have it done will cost you a week or two's pay when you could change it yourself in two days.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 10:37 PM   #13
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I'm terrified of tearing my car apart lol

Is there a write-up on how to do this for new edges? I found one for 96-98 but I'm not sure if it's the same.
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just bypass it it, take 5 mins and costs nothing
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Old December 13th, 2012, 10:45 PM   #15
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^ Do tell.

I don't use heat or a/c anyway.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 10:53 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by phayze View Post
^ Do tell.

I don't use heat or a/c anyway.
The two lines that go into the firewall, input and output. Instead of routing the input to the firewall route it to wherever the output goes. Intake I think.
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Originally Posted by Buddha View Post
The two lines that go into the firewall, input and output. Instead of routing the input to the firewall route it to wherever the output goes. Intake I think.
Any pictures that show this? I'm not too good with stuff under the hood.
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on the pass side of the car under the hood you will see two lines (3/4 i believe) one running from the fire wall to the intake manifold, the other from the fire wall running down, cut the hoses from the firewall and connect them. donezo, ill take pics of mine and post tomarrow. i used a copper elbow to connect mine with some form-a-gasket. have not had any issues for like 10k miles
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one is smaller than the other. just bypass it. the connector piece is 4.00
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Old December 13th, 2012, 11:48 PM   #20
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Found this write up from 98, I'm assuming this is pretty much exactly what I'm gonna do?

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