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My car has a antifreeze smell but not running hot and i got a recall letter stating it could be leaking in the water system so then they should fix it fight it also has a bumper to bumper warrenty would that cover it if they

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Yes it should cover it, call your dealer

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The problem is a leak someware in the heater /core system its the olny way antifreeze gets into the cabin.
Its to new to be rusted out likely a bad hose clamp connection during assembally.
YES I think this would be covered under a warrenty
Becasue you couldn't have done anything wrong to cause this problem even if you tryed

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