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Hello, I am in iraq and I have a 2003 F 150 that I have to run around with. It has blown somthing, because after awhile of driving it steam comes out of the vents and you smell nothing but antifreeze. Also the windows don't go done so that don't help. maybe you can help me get this truck running better.

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  • Rick Byrd
    Rick Byrd May 11, 2010

    well sounds like the heater core is leaking . if it is not cold in your part of the world , a quick temporary fix is to bypass the heater core . that will stop the antifreeze smell from coming inside the truck . if you don't understand what bypassing the heater core means, thats when you disconnect both heater hoses from the firewall and connect them together , or eliminate 1 and loop the other one back to the motor . ... the real fix is to replace the heater core .

    hope that gives you a little insight . Thanks for using FIX YA !


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The only thing that would do this, without a doubt, is a punctured or leaky heater core. It is located in the HVAC box inside your cab, under the dash on the passenger side! Once the engine and coolant get heated up, the water and antifreeze get hot enough to steam, and you smell it, taste it, etc. This means you are losing coolant as well, not to mention building up some nasty oily residue on the windshield, right? This is not a quick job, there are no shortcuts. I worked at a dealership as the dashboard guy for a few years, and on most of these, the whole dashboard has to come up and out of the way for a few minutes. Ha ha THen the airbox must be removed, etc. I used to spend a day or two full time on ONE of these. They charged anywhere from 600- 800 dollars labor. Steering column had to be dropped, A major undertaking if you're not doing it over and over!

I suggest a simple fix! You are in Iraq, so I bet you don't need the heater as much as you need the truck to be free of steamy fumes, huh? Raise the hood, and GO out on the passenger side near the firewall/windshield area. Look for (two) one-inch diameter or so hoses that are heading into the firewall and interior. They connect to the two spouts of your heater core. You can either disconnect both of these and find some sort of splice connecting tube to connect them to each other, thereby bypassing the heater core altogether. Or you could use some small vise grips or other type clamp to squeeze both hoses shut. I recommend the bypass and connection method. THis will stop hot water from steaming up your truck, but will also kill your heater, Bro. Good luck over there. My folks were in Saudi from 1991 to 2001. Not a good place for a picnic. Later, TaterTodd

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

  • Patrick Dennehy Jan 28, 2009

    Tell me more about your windows. Sorry, I forgot to ask you about them. Tater Todd

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