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Low heat, frost inside car, burning smell

It takes forever for the heat to warm up, I have to scrape inside of windshield, Antifreeze is always low and smells burnt.

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    also some burnt smell in car

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It sounds like your heater core is faulty(under the dash) does it smell funny in the car?if yes then your heater core needs replacement

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Another possibility is your thermostat is not opening, causing your engine to overheat - steaming some of the coolant (antifreeze)/water mixture out of the system.

And thirdly, it is possible that someone spilled antifreeze on the radiator etc when adding fresh antifreeze - and you smell it after the engine warms up. If your car is not over-heating and you are not having to ad antifreeze/water to the radiator, then just keep driving. The problem will most likely go away.

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It is a tough job-wayunder the dash. buy a chilton manual and see if it looks like something you want to tackle. THe manual willkeep saving you $ Good luck

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