Question about 2010 Jeep Liberty
The carpet on the passanger side is damp and there is an odor of antifreeze coming from the vents. I have to use the jeep for work and want to know if it is safe to drive.
The heater uses the coolant (read antifreeze and water) from the engine to get hot. If it runs low enough, by say leaking out of the heater core, your engine will overheat and that can be bad for it and expensive to fix.
Although most antifreeze is poisonous, (don't drink it) if you keep your window open the fumes will not hurt you. That being said, it will stain the carpet, make the inside of the car smelly, leave a puddle on the floor, cause the floor boards to rust(slowly) and mainly be annoying.
Since we are starting into summer you can get by for awhile by just adding water to the coolant tank under the hood. Make sure you do this when the engine is not hot. Engine coolant can give you severe burns if you take the cap off when the engine is hot.
So, about an hour after you get home from work go and check the engine coolant level. If you can hold onto the radiator hose then it is cool enough to add some more water. If you add more water then leaks out you can drive the jeep.
FYI The leak will get worse over time.
Posted on May 14, 2014
Check your coolant level. The heater pipe feeding your heater matrix could have sprung a leak. Your engine is at risk of over heating if your coolant levsl drops.
Posted on May 14, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Brief antifreeze smell in Jeep
Make sure the cooling system is clean with fresh coolant when u change the core, otherwise u may damge the new core becuase your coolant is worn out, if your Jeep has over 60,000 it should be done anyway, also I recommend at least a new upper radiator hose while it is drainned and inspect the other parts of the system.
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
SOURCE: I smell antifreeze through the
you could also be developing a heater core leak. if you start seeing fluid on the carpet or windows fog on the inside when defrosters are on, you got trouble. better to fix the problem now then in the middle of winter.
Posted on Oct 22, 2010
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