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Fishy, steam odor coming from AC vents

Odor steaming from ac vents, fogs windows, smells like fish. looked under hood for dead animal, instead odor appears to be coming from the reserve plastic tank for radiator. the tank has a brownish film inside it that also smells of fish.

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    The problem is back--i am looking for the hose today.

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On a1999 f 150 faint antifreeze smell in air vents with heat or defrost on also blowing mist thru vents

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Forget the radiator tank. Your AC 'Condensate drain' hose is plugged up. This is a common problem. If you know where the hose comes out under the car you can ( carefully ) push a wire up it. If you're lucky it's plugged near the end by a mud-dauber wasp. If not, take it to your dealer and see if you can persuade the write-up guy to show you where the drain outlet is as a gesture of good faith. If they insist on charging you money, consider that when you buy your next car...

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