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''sweet smelling'' steam and overheating light is on.

My 1996 golf 3 GTI 2.0l seems to have been having overheating problems recently. The overheating light on the dash comes on and a wierd ''sweet smelling steam'' comes out the vents in the dash, i have also had to be replacing the water ALOT lately. Any idea?

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  • edwardpastol May 29, 2009

    How big of a problem is ithis? s it safe to drive around the rest of the weekend cause i can only take the car in to get repaired on monday, and is it an expensive proceedure?

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It definitely sounds like the heater core is leaking. There is a temporary fix that is relatively easy to perform. There are two heater hoses, one in and one out to the heater core. i would recommend, "looping" the two heater hoses taking the heater core out of the system. Do not plug the hoses.

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Your heater core or heater core hoses are bad and have sprung a leak the sweet smell is from antifreeze this is not a do it yourself-er if you are squeamish about tackling a big job sometimes they can be a real pain to get, like the built the entire car around it.

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