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I have recently bought a 1999 VW beetle and there is coolant leaking on the driver's side by the brake peddle; does this mean the heater core is bad? The coolant light stays on and is blue.

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YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD! THE HEATER CORE IS THE ONLY COMPONENT INSIDE THE VEHICLE THAT HAS COOLANT CIRCULATING THRU IT

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