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Old 01-23-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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Heater Core and coolant smell?

I have plenty of heat in my 98 TJ but there is a slight smell of coolant. I first noticed some extra condensation on the inside of the windows on cold days. I had the core checked and it seems to be OK but there is an obvious smell so some coolant is getting in. A local shop wants $750 with labor to replace. Any thoughts on this?? Thanks

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Old 01-23-2012, 09:10 PM   #2
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Yep that sounds exactly like your heater core has sprung a leak. That's not an easy repair, the entire dash has to come out to get to the heater core, so the $750 price doesn't really surprise me.

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Old 01-23-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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When they replace it be sure they clean all the "Factory Coating" off. When they did mine, they forgot and it stunk for a week. Really sucked!

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Old 01-23-2012, 11:34 PM   #4
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Any thoughts on this?? Thanks
You might consider pumping some stop-leak through the heater core only. Not much to loose if it doesn't work.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:40 PM   #5
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Thanks! I will make an appointment with the auto place!
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:46 PM   #6
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i remember when that happen to me the heater core was bad. replaced it myself. Was a lot of work but beats the 750 bucks!
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:36 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice. I had the heater core replaced. It ran around $650 because I do not have air. No more fogged windows

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