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Old 11-15-2006, 05:40 PM
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Hey yall,for the last 2 weeks i have been running the heater in the morning and i have been smelling antifreeze.i flushed the system last year.so i checked to see if the carpet was wet on the pass. side and it aint and im not losing any water.i just smell antifreeze.what could be the problem?????

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Old 11-15-2006, 05:50 PM
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Blazers have a bad habit of springing small leaks in the heater core. I've been smelling the same thing for a year. The core is a bear to get at - requires taking out the whole dash. I stopped by the Chevy dealer and got a set of six stop-leak tablets they sell for about $5. I'm going to give it a try and see if I can avoid having to pull the core.
 
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Blazers have a bad habit of springing small leaks in the heater core. I've been smelling the same thing for a year. The core is a bear to get at - requires taking out the whole dash. I stopped by the Chevy dealer and got a set of six stop-leak tablets they sell for about $5. I'm going to give it a try and see if I can avoid having to pull the core.

Ugg, a mechanics nightmare

If your core is shot or bad, it pays to just take the weekend and replace it.

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Try checking your hoses when they are under pressure, you might find a small pin hole leak. Sometimes the air from under the hood will add to that smell from the vents. If you don't find any, the there is a good chance its a pressure leak from your heater core.

They are a bear to get too, but you can do it without removing the WHOLE DASH. You just end up removing all the cover pannels for the lower part passenger side.
 
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Default RE: The smell of antifreeze?

You can pull the carpet back a little at the front of the passenger foot area and check for moisture.
I personally don't like the idea of putting sealers in the cooling system. I believe they plug the passages and decrease the the performance of the cooling system and the heater.
 
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I'm not thrilled about using a stop-leak either, but I don't have time in the next 2 months to have this car down. If it doesn't work, I haven't lost much. I won't keep adding stop-leak, and I figure one shot of GM's approved stuff won't hurt.
 
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My blazer has been doing the same thing for the past two years. And started to smell this past weekend again. I have that nasty dexcool problem in the engine and I have found out the past few years that flushing the system a few times (a few like 5 or 6 times). I believe the dexcool is starting to clog up in the heater core because each time I smell the antifrezze in the winter when I use the heater I then flush it and the smell goes away. The first year I completely lost heat after a few weeks of smelling the antifrezze thats when I decided to flush it and got the heat back and last year it started smelling and I flushed it and the smell went away and never lost heat. Not sure if this will help the guy whos been smelling it for almost a year but if its a new smell, it dosent cost much to flush the system.
 
 
 
 
 
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