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Inside the car? does the windshield fog up or have a film on the inside? if so , you may have a leaking heater core.

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Smell antifreeze inside car


If you don't see any antifreeze leaking in the engine compartment (especially around the radiator) you could have a leaking heater core. Does the smell go away if you turn off your heater for a while? If so, that's likely where your leak is.

Jan 18, 2013 | 2003 Audi TT

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Sugary burning smell while driving


That smell is most likely antifreeze. If the smell gets noticeably stronger when you turn on the AC/Heater, it is possible that your "heater coil" has started leaking. You will need the services of a professional if that is the case. Those are very hard to change.

Another possibility is your thermostat is not opening, causing your engine to overheat - steaming some of the coolant (antifreeze)/water mixture out of the system.

And thirdly, it is possible that someone spilled antifreeze on the radiator etc when adding fresh antifreeze - and you smell it after the engine warms up. If your car is not over-heating and you are not having to ad antifreeze/water to the radiator, then just keep driving. The problem will most likely go away.

I hope this is helpful to you. If yes, please take a sec to rate me. Thanks!
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Apr 04, 2012 | 2000 Chevrolet Impala

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My 2001 town and country limited is overheating without indication from the gages and has a burnt smell coming through the inside vents of the van.


  • This I understand, a burnt smell coming through your vents, but how do you know it is the engine overheating? You said you have no gauge warning. Is your antifreeze disappearing? In other words are you having to refill the antifreeze? Is the van stopping and steaming? Stalling? The reason I ask is if you are not loosing antifreeze something else could be going on. Antifreeze does not smell "burnt." Antifreeze smells sweet like cinnamon. Give me some more details like what going on other than the smell and how is this effecting the driving of the car?


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Oct 15, 2011 | Cars & Trucks

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There is white smoke coming out the tailpipe no smell of antifreeze


If it doesn't smell like sweet then you most likely got a bad tank of gas. Just to be safe keep an eye on your engine temp. and coolant levels.

Mar 26, 2011 | 1993 Dodge Intrepid

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My car is not runing hot but however i do have smoke that is coming from under my hood.


this could just be oil leaking out off value cover and burning off exhaust can u smell the smoke? does it smell like antifreeze ?? if smells like antifreeze more than likely have a coolant leak if has little smell or burning oil smell probably an oil leak

Jan 02, 2011 | 2000 Mazda 626

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Either its the heater core or the thermostat


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

Mar 12, 2010 | 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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When i run my 1996 dodge ram 1500 it smells like antifreeze. i had the head changed but it smells like antifreeze. what could be the problem?


check the coolant level to see if it has dropped.Then look under the engine,for any leaks.Look for pools of coolant on top of the engine,or run down on the sides of the engine.Then look for radiator hoses,ans heater hoses that are leaking.If you are loosing antifreeze ,and you are sure the coolant is going somewhere,you may sill have a head,or head gasket,that are bad.If it has not been long before the head change,then the antifreeze may be still present in the exhaust,or on the engine,so you may have to wait a little longer for smell to disapate.Cleaning the engine can help.

Oct 10, 2009 | 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Club Cab

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Need to flush the heatercore


your heater core has gone out, thats why there is no heat and thats from leakage of antifreeze. Usually when you can smell burnt antifreeze it usually points to a blown head gasket or cracked head, smell your exhaust and if you smell antifreeze theres your culprit

Dec 06, 2008 | 2002 Kia Sedona

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2002 Diamnte does not defrost, smells like antifreeze


If you are smelling antifreeze then there is going to be a leak.
Look at the drain hole for the A/C drain pan. You may not be seeing it because it is mixing with the condensation from the evaporator. Sounds like a heater core or hose connection at the heater core.
Good Luck

Nov 23, 2008 | 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante

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Antifreeze smell


If u smell the antifreeze inside the car, the heater core needs to be replaced most likely. It is leaking inside, and will get worse, to the point of 'fogging up' the windows inside.

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