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1999 Crown Victoria

Steam seems to be coming into the car as we turn on the heater. Also a smell of antifreeze as well. I checked the hoses and they all seem fine. What can be causing this?

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Your heater core could be leaking. You never mentioned the age/make of the car, but it sounds like the heater core. Hot Coolant is run thru it to provide the heat. If you haven't changed the coolant, or flushed the cooling system for omse years, it causes corrosion in the core (and radiator).

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

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You need a new heater core, it's leaking inside the car ( which you smell and see steam-antifreeze). The heater core is a mini radiator, hot water from the engine circulates thru it, when u turn on the fan, it blows air thru the core, the warm air enters thru your vents. When it leaks, u smell the antifreeze, and when it gets bad enough, it will fog up your windows. This is usually a big job, as a lot of the dash must be removed to get at the heater core, although I'm not sure how difficult it is on a crown victoria. good luck!

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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The heater core is leaking.

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