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I have water comming into front footwells and heater smokes turned off heater when car overheated radiator was empty refilled left heater off but still water comming in to front footwells

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You have a leaking heater core or heater hose. you will need to replace this, or if the car is a beater put some stop leak in the cooling system.

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Hi this is your heater matrix inside the car has blown or the hoses have split, unfortunately there is no quick fix for this as it is under the dash and takes allot of time to take it out and replace...hope this helps

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