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Heater coil has bad leak,fogs up window,leaks in floor,i just want to know how to find hoses and connect them,have to go to work in morning,need temporary fix

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There will be 2 hoses going through the firewall. Follow them to the motor, and pick one that will be long enough to disconnect from the firewall, and then hook it to where the other hose is on the engine. You cannot block the flow, but you can bypass the heater core.

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