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We replaced the heater core and now we have no heat at all and i smell antifreeze after driving it

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Well, somebody must have botched the repair. new core seems to be leaking. is the smell inside the car or outside?

Please see my tip at http://www.fixya.com/cars/r6235876-no_heat_fan_blowing_cold_air . These are generic instructions. If you get stuck or need specific instructions for your car, please get back to me with model, year and engine info.

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