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Tomert 01-23-2012 07:37 PM

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:confused:

Jerry Bransford 01-23-2012 08:10 PM

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.

KrzyMoke 01-23-2012 08:26 PM

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!

tangofox007 01-23-2012 10:34 PM


Originally Posted by Tomert (Post 1953452)
Any thoughts on this?? Thanks:confused:

You might consider pumping some stop-leak through the heater core only. Not much to loose if it doesn't work.

Tomert 01-23-2012 10:40 PM

Thanks! I will make an appointment with the auto place!

98tj.steven 01-23-2012 10:46 PM

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!

Tomert 01-29-2012 09:36 AM

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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