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Have you had someone check for leaks such as the water pump and radiator hoses ?

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That's your heater core. Nasty job generally because it requires working under the dash at odd angles. Never done a Kia...how good are you with basic tools? Try it! Have the part located. Change the hoses if they are worn or brittle. Generally, you'll need a screw driver, thin pliers, new clamps, small ratchet set with extension bar. After installation, turn heater on full and warm up the engine. Turn off, allow to cool and top up coolant...be sure you use 50/50 mix...not water.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008

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SOURCE: Antifreeze smell

If u smell the antifreeze inside the car, the heater core needs to be replaced most likely. It is leaking inside, and will get worse, to the point of 'fogging up' the windows inside.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

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SOURCE: 93 Dodge Grand Caravan antifreeze leak/drip

check it out,sounds like a waterpump ,but it could be anything,you must be using 100% to withstand -30 celcius where are you alaska??

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SOURCE: 1999 suburban usung a lot of antifreeze

Some of the V-8 engines like to leak out the back of the intake manifold. It then drips onto the exhaust and evaporates so you never see it, you just smell it. Look for it back there. You may want to have the system pressure checked too. If it is leaking out the intake, it is not an easy or cheap fix. I just did my 96 Yukon and it was not fun.
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Posted on Mar 29, 2009

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SOURCE: I get a smell of antifreeze when I put the outside

Firsdt check the radiator cap thats it tight , then check for any anti freeze visible on the engine, then check under the car for any leaks. Is the smell of anti freeze inside the car ? , check the heater core you may have a leak there. the newer heater cores are aluminum and certain anti freezes, are extra acidic , which causes the anti freeze to eat at the heater core causing leaks, it maybe be a pin hole leak in the heater core ,causing the smell.

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If you 'smell' antifreeze there 'is' a leak.

Is the fluid 50/50 strength antifreeze to water?

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