My mechanic of 11 years told me I need to have the Heater Core replaced as the smell of antifreeze is prominent inside my car. He said the job is ENORMOUS (it envolves disengaging the air bags) and told me I could go blind from the antifreeze fumes if I don't do it....Mechanic would only replace the heater core itself and not the rubber hoses attached (I looked at my shop manual and can't understand why replacing the rubber hoses is a big deal???) ***What is the proper method for replacing a heater core and what other parts should be replaced nearby so I don't have to go through this expense again. Also, do you recommend going to a specialty shop? The car has low mileage so getting rid of it is not an option.
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Re: Do I really need a new heater core?
I would find another shop that will do the job The way you want it done. If the shop you are looking to go too don't want to change the hoses go to one that does what you want. Hoses will last twenty years in the right conditions and should last but if you want them changed your paying for it . Yes there is allot of extra work because they have to routed thru around and are a real bugger. So If they say there in good shape and shouldn't be a problem take there word. Some mechanics won't go the Extra Mile for the customer. Hope you get what you want done.
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Most heater cores are located behind the dashboard. This can be a difficult job putting it back together. Be sure it really is the heater core. ie water on the floor boards,the smell of antifreeze inside the cabin.Steamed windows all indicate the heater core.
The only component inside the car that carries antifreeze is the heater core. I have not heard of any such problems with the year car you have. Take it to any radiator shop (or trusted repair shop) and ask them to pressurize the cooling system. If it doesn't hold pressure, you have a leak somewhere that should be apparent with pressure on the cooling system. It could be as simple as a loose clamp. If it were the heater core, you could feel the carpet where it touches the firewall. If it's wet and sweet smelling, you need a new heater core installed. Replacing the heater core requires quite a bit of disassembly and not something I would recommend for a typical backyard mechanic. Good luck.
sound like a bad heater core! the heater core is like a small radiator that is usually locaded in the dashboard on the passenger side. now if the leaking is really bad you are going to see water dripping by the front passenger tire or if it gets really bad it may leak inside the car. in order to fix this problem the HEATER CORE must be replaced. good luck
your heater core is definitley leaking and your blower is pushing the vapor into the cabin. It will only get worse. You can minimize the smell by not running your heater or defroster, but you wont prevent the coolant from leaking and potentially getting worse. Sorry to say, the core will need pulled and repaired or replaced. Sometimes stop leak additives will solve the problem if its not too severe. I have never been a fan of them, its only a band aid in my view. also if u got pets afoid leeting they smell the antifreeze very toxic can kill pets easily. hope this helps. rate above 4* cheers
you could quick fix! but you will have no heat, 1st under the hood, look at the back of motor, follow all you're radiator hoses, take two hoses off the heater core stick a pipe that is big enough then clamp the pipe down. to both sides of hoses to the pipe you will eventually have to replace heater core!!
The same thing happened to my '99. I found an 'off' brand heater core locally then seached the internet to find direction on how to install. I don't remember the link, but someone had posted pictures of the step by step. Although I must say the sticking point for me was removing the screw holding the heater core to the pipes coming from the front of the car then removing the core holder.
It took me a couple of hours, not really knowing what I was doing, but went real smooth. It's fixed for around $140! And NO MORE ANTIFREEZE SMELL!!
You have a leaking heater core. This can leak whether you are using the heater or not. Heater core replacement is pretty simple, except that in many cases you must remove the dashboard to gain access to the core. This can be a major undertaking.