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Coolant Smell in A/C

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Title says it all. I've got a coolant smell in my A/C when I run the A/C. Ideas? Where would I start?
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heater core?

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Heater Core most defiantly. Easy to replace in the Super Dutys just have to remove the glove box. I bought my truck in the summer months and when it started getting cold I tried the heat, and there was none. The previous owner bypassed the heater core, and I had to replace mine. I have done many cores in cavilers and grand ams so I was very reluctant to do it. But after searching the web I found that it was a two hour job tops.

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Heater Core most defiantly. Easy to replace in the Super Dutys just have to remove the glove box. I bought my truck in the summer months and when it started getting cold I tried the heat, and there was none. The previous owner bypassed the heater core, and I had to replace mine. I have done many cores in cavilers and grand ams so I was very reluctant to do it. But after searching the web I found that it was a two hour job tops.
Thanks, guys. I appreciate it. I'll give it a look. How can I test to tell if the heater core is any good? We had some cold nights that I had to run my defroster and I'm pretty sure the heater core had no idea how to handle that.
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Coolant Smell in A/C

If you smell coolant, its bad. That's how you test it.


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If it leaks bad enough, you'll get tons of condensation on the windows and the floor on the passenger side will be wet. Could even get steam from the vents.


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If you smell coolant, its bad. That's how you test it.


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Will it smell whether it on cold or hot?
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More on hot than cold but if its leaking, it leaks all the time.


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Mine went out 2 months ago, I could smell a little coolant coming from the vents and then it got worse and the windows fogged up. Your windows get a film on them as well. I opened up the area it is located at and I could see a little antifreeze running down the fins on the heater core. It took a few hours to change simply because I broke one of the plastic locks on the hoses going to the heater core and I had a hard time locating new ones at the local parts stores.
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My last heater core was on my 05 Taurus. Thefunny part is, it was t the core that went bad. The inlet tube broke off at the firewall. Had to partially pull the whole dash to do that one. After that escapade, I got no problem diggin into a truck heater core. Lol


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