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Fumes that smell like antifreeze through vents!

I own a 98 ford tauras se and when the heater is on it looks like fumes coming through the vents! The worse part is it smells like antifreeze, bad! My brother bypassed the system, but I want to get it fixed and I was told if its the heater core it could cost around $ 800. How hard is it to change the heater core? could it be just a clog?

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  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    Ours smells like coolant too; we already had the heater core replaced! THIS CAR HAS SO MANY PROBLEMS!!!



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Well it could be a clog but i doubt it. sounds like you will have to replace the heater core and it takes all day as the entire dash and steering column has to come out.

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