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When heat is on smells like antifreeze

Anyone have a clue what's wrong?

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Your heater core either is stop up or is leaking your best bet is to change it but let a mechanic change it. it will cost anywhere between 300 to 600 to get it changed

Posted on Dec 31, 2012

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    Yes may have to take to mechanic

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