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Replacing water in radiator on a daily basis, have no heat. water only seems to go down 1/2 a liter or so, however, whether it's (1) day or (two) days. haven't seen water on ground. truck has never over-heated, and otherwise don't think it's gasket or anything. also, have noticed mist coming from dashboard occasionally. i believe it's the heater core, please advise

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Based on what you wrote, I believe you are correct on the heater core.Generally you won't see coolant on the ground but you will find that the passenger floor is wet. The part about not having heat is strange though as even if it's leaking it should still provide heat 'till the coolant level drops to a point where it won't flow through the core BUT, at that point usually the engine will overheat due to a lack of proper circulation and no coolant in the cylinder heads. Therefore, I'd replace the core but also carefully inspect everything under there for any signs of another problem (a stuck air diverter door or a malfunctioning vacuum servo on a door). After doing any work on a cooling system, It's always a good idea to replace the thermostat. They aren't expensive and often become unreliable after a problem has been encountered.

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