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While i was driving my subaru outback all of a sudden i had light orange color fluid come out and landed on my daughters foot. The fluid leaked out on the left side of the glove compartment, and had a icky odor!

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Sounds like the heater coil broke broke. The dash has to be removed to fix it. Best let a mechanic tackle that job. The yellow fluid is rust. Putting in a new heater is expensive but there is a lot of work involved.

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