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97 taurus i have absoultely no heat coming out of my heater, my car is overheating and there is orangish reddish liquid on my overflow tank, also there is a weird smell in my car..any ideas?

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    Thank you so much, I know nothing about cars so I'm going to print this and have my brother try it. Thank you!!!



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Sounds like a rotted heater core. Was coolant stop leak ever added? This clogs up your coolant circulation. If it is the water pump you will see coolant dripping from the underside of the pump and your reservoir will boil out fluid. Could be a kinked heater core hose or possibly the thermostat. It is also possible that only the reservoir was filled and not the entire system properly. NEVER use radiator stop leak unless in an emergency.Let it leak and add as needed if it's only a few drops per hour.

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Sounds like your Heater Matrix/Core is weeping, the brown stuff is possibly a leak sealer which someone before used to stop it.
You could try some more? remember to bleed the coolant as an air lock is possibly causing your overheating.
Park on level, when cold remove cap, start leave to idle when hot it should bubble over, top up with very warm water, wait it may do it again.
When happy pop in your leak sealer and hopefully your sorted.
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