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Loosing antifreeze smell antifreeze outside not inside. heater works when full not when low and drips when shut off under radiater

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  • barbara Jan 13, 2013

    the poblem was the hose from the motor that runs around the motor to the back and into the heater core had a pin hole in it. thanks for all suggestions

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Fix the water leak at the heater first. You may be loosing pressure in the radiator allowing the coolant to boil at a low temp. This will pass water to the overflow bottle which is when you will be able to smell it

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SOURCE: The overflow reservoir suddenly filled

most likely stuck thermostat easy fix

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