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Fogged up windows

Side windows fog up really bad when heater is on durning the cold weather, but car doesnt over heat nor leaks fluids

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Are you using the fresh air option ?
If you are, you could have excessive moisture inside the cabin. Running the hvac on defrost should kick on the ac compressor and bring in fresh air too.

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SOURCE: Defrost and Heater causes windows to fog

If it smells like antifreeze, and leaves a film on windshield, it's probably a leaking heater core, but if not, your drain tube/passage for heater/AC duct-work, is plugged and not allowing moisture to drain out. Not 100% sure where drains are on that but, I would look real close at lower firewall in engine compartment,opposite duct-work, as well as under truck near front floor, for tubes sticking out, and carefully and gently, run a pipe cleaner or similar in & out to clean, until moisture starts to run out.

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If it is fogging your windows, you have a leaking heater core. Dash removal is required to fix it.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011

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SOURCE: Heater works but defrost fills inside with fog.

your heater core has probably sprung a leak.does the fog smell kinda sweet?....check the floor in the front where the floor mats are for moisture or even puddles of antifreeze.(the replacement of a heater core can be very expensive as the entire dash usually needs to be removed to access the heater core)also look under the engine near the firewall for antifreeze drips.

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