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How do you access the heater core on a 1998 buick reviera?

I think it is leaking a little bit -- is this a common proplem with these cars. Is it a big job to change it? Thanks- Dave

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  • langer427 Nov 16, 2008

    Thank you --- it does have a slight oder, but is not to the point where it is fogging up the windows or dripping on the floor. I will try to take a closer look. Thanks for your response.

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Look closely if it is coolant. normally it woiuld have odor, hot/warm, or yellowish or brown in color.

if it is clear and cold, it could just be the water condensate from your a/c unit passing to the heater housing.

if it is really coolant, then it is a big job to change it and it is not a common problem.


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