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The coolant keeps running out and when the engine turns of smoke comes in the vents

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Sounds like you have a heater core leaking

Posted on Jul 24, 2009

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Your heater core is leaking. if it was left disconnected the engine coolant would have come out immediately upon starting the engine the very first time..

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Is it smoke? Or is it steam? If it's really smoke, it will smell like burning wires and you have an electrical short somewhere. You're going to have a fire unless it's fixed.
My guess is that it's probably not smoke or you would have already had a fire.
With that said I'm going to say that it's steam in which case your heater core (which is a small radiator located under the dash) is leaking coolant and the resulting steam is rising through the vents. The steam will have a sort of sweet and yes, a steamy smell to it. It will also leave a funny film from the radiator coolant coating the inside of the windshield.
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My lincoln is shot smoke out of the vents when I turned the defroster on and there is a strange smell comming from the vents as well. Also, the front window will not defrost but i can get cold and hot air....


The smell you are probably smelling is leaking coolant coming from your heater core, check your coolant level and see if its low if its low you are probbaly loosing your coolant because of a bad heater core, if this is the case i wouldnt drive the vehical until its repaired, if you run the car out of coolant you run the risk of engine damage from overheating and that would be a very expensive repair.....

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If it is a kind of sweet smell then your heater core needs to be replaced. It's leaking and you should keep an eye on your coolant level until you get it fixed. The smoke is coolant. Hope this helps.

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Little plume of white smoke coming from engine when idling only. Runs great and not overheating. Really bad smell coming through vents with AC on


A little white smoke is OK from 0-15 minutes of start up.

After warm up the condensation inside the exhaust pipe AND under the hood should be purged.

How many mile is on the engine?

A well care for engine should not have to worry about leaky (pin hole leak) head gasket until 120,000 miles.

The other sources of coolant leak is the freeze plugs.

DO NOT WAIT! Take 15-20 minutes out of your schedule and see where is it leaking on the idle.

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heater hoses
water pump
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I would start monitoring the coolant consumption by making the coolant reservoir tank.

Keep tab on oil level.

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coolant leak (even pin hole leak) on the heater core.

KEEP CHECKING the center to passenger floor carpet for wetness and smell of coolant.

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there is cleaner spray you can buy to keep the mold.


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When heater is on smoke comes out of the vents


If it smells like antifreeze, your probably looking at a new heater core, just make sure you check hoses going into firewall from engine side to make sure it isn't a leak by end of hose, leaking down into that heater core area inside. If your coolant keeps going down, that's more than likely where it's going.Make sure you check coolant level .

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The same problem happened to me and it turned out to be my heater core.

Normally smoke will come from the heater core when it needs to be replaced.

Also the smell is most likely anti-freeze and and you normally smell it when your
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Check your coolant levels to be sure. and the hoses leading to your Heater Core

heater cores for that vehicle normally run $180 - $230 and you need to remove your
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