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Old 11-08-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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Recently I was checking all of my fluids in my car and noticed my radiator coolant was low so I filled it back up to the fill line with 50/50 antifreeze. When I was warming my car up the next day, I was leaking antifreeze and I checked the level and it was empty. I still have antifreeze in my radiator and have had the same amount for two weeks. It only leaks when I put it in the reserve container. I also have antifreeze oil on my windows and a smell through the ducts but it stops when the reserve leaks all antifreeze out so I don't think it's heater core. I still have heat and temp stays normal, more on the cold side. I'm confused on why it leaks when I try to put antifreeze in the reserve.


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Old 11-08-2013, 05:22 AM   #2
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Ayuh,.... Ya have to LOOK, 'n see where it's leakin' from,...

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I can't exactly see where it's leaking from but it's on the passenger side right in front of the firewall.
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Check the heater coil and hose connections. It's a real PIA on some cars. OOPS core not coil.

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Yep==heater core----winter must be coming----
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:25 AM   #6
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Maybe get a Chilton book (or some other) for that year Explorer. That should have the puzzle answer on how to get to it. A google search could turn up some answers also for ya on how to get to the heater core. I hate doing heater cores. Not alot of fun. lol

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I would lean toward the heater core as well, but, as mentioned, that can be a real pain, so make sure to check everything else first, including the hoses, weep hole in the top of the water pump, and the reservoir itself, as they can develop cracks in the molded seam.
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oh this is a tough fix. There is a hose leaking. It could be a real sob trying to get in there for fix.
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On some vehicles, I would drive a new car under the radiator cap.
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Finally saved some money to take to mechanic to fix problem. Turns out it was a leaky heater core. Cost about $550 to fix. That's very cheap compared to what other places wanted
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uh. those are not bad, just need to break those darn quick connects and feed the heater hose through from the cab. I did a ford Taurus one time, took over 12 hours
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There are some that are so stupidly difficult that you wonder if the engineers were doing it on purpose.
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There are some that are so stupidly difficult that you wonder if the engineers were doing it on purpose.
Blasphemy!! Outrageous!! How can you possibly think of something like this? Engineers design everything so it is the easiest and the best way to fix. You should be ashamed of yourself. Didn't they teach you at school that pulling engine out to replace 2 spark plugs in the rear is easier, than designing it so that car owner can DIY this? Or pulling engine out to replace ATF, as there is no drain plug and pan can not be removed as it's completely covered by crossmember? THAT"S the way to design.
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Blasphemy!! Outrageous!! How can you possibly think of something like this? Engineers design everything so it is the easiest and the best way to fix. You should be ashamed of yourself. Didn't they teach you at school that pulling engine out to replace 2 spark plugs in the rear is easier, than designing it so that car owner can DIY this? Or pulling engine out to replace ATF, as there is no drain plug and pan can not be removed as it's completely covered by crossmember? THAT"S the way to design.


Doing plugs on a 3rd Generation Camaro....

It was easier to drop the K-member with motor on it.
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In the old days on cars that where old and owner wanted a cheap fix we would cut the firewall to get to the heater core from the engine bay. Quick and easy then some sheet metal and zip screws and done! Looked horrible but worked and saved your back. Cheap ghetto fix!!!! Ha

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